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Michelle McKoy’s photo of Jantar Mantar, in Delhi, India, won a gold award at the 2019 Australian Professional Photography Awards.
Camera IconMichelle McKoy’s photo of Jantar Mantar, in Delhi, India, won a gold award at the 2019 Australian Professional Photography Awards. Credit: Michelle McKoy Photography

Geraldton photographer Michelle McKoy has won gold at the prestigious Australian Professional Photography Awards.

The 51-year-old — who only began pursuing photography seriously seven years ago — won the top accolade in the travel category for her stunning photo of Jantar Mantar, an astrological site in Delhi that dates back to 1723.

“It’s used by the locals to compile astronomical tables to predict the times and movement of the sun, moon and planets,” Ms McKoy said.

“I made this photo by looking for geometric shape and form as well as symmetry.

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“My original capture shows the larger astrological instrument. I wanted to communicate the history as well as the curiosity I felt about this place.”

Geraldton photographer Michelle McKoy.
Camera IconGeraldton photographer Michelle McKoy. Credit: Michelle McKoy Photography

Ms McKoy also won silver awards in travel and landscape categories, with her fourth entry missing out by a whisker.

The winning shots were taken during a trip to India last year, where she visited Delhi, Ladakh, and Kashmir.

Ms McKoy, who has previously won gold and silver awards at the WA Australian Institute of Professional Photography State Awards, did not have a favourite.

“I like them all,” she said.

“When it comes to (entering) the Australian awards, from the judging at the State awards, you can then see which are your four strongest pictures in the eyes of the judges.”

She said only 6 per cent of entries achieved a gold medal.

“It’s quite an exciting achievement,” Ms McKoy said.

“I was really surprised, to be honest. My printing is done by (Geraldton resident and AIPP-certified master of photography,) Karl Monaghan.”

Ms McKoy, who became an associate AIPP accredited photographer last year, is now well on the way to attaining master accreditation.

Mr Monaghan claimed a silver distinction and silver awards in the landscape category.

Geraldton sports photographer Natasha Gilmartin last week won the State Basketball League’s photo of the year award for her shot of Buccaneers player Liam Hunt.

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