Tranquillity and motion are considered amongst the High Country’s greatest cycling assets. Fiona O’Callaghan’s work ‘Living the Dream’ has subtly captured this spirit, to be announced winner of north-east Victoria’s inaugural Ride High Country Photo Competition.
Fiona will become a Ride High Country Ambassador for the 2019 – 2020 cycling season, and her photo and name will feature larger than life in billboard display in the Melbourne CBD. Over 200 images were submitted to the competition, capturing every aspect of cycling in Victoria’s premier cycling destination, the High Country.
Ms O’Callaghan, from Berwick on the outskirts of Melbourne, credited her win to the subject, Eric Caesar who encouraged her to submit her single entry. “Eric is an inspirational, adventurous, generous of spirit and determination, kind of cyclist and friend who isn’t afraid to try cycling in different parts of the world”.
Describing the day the image was taken Ms O’Callaghan said, “It felt peaceful and serene in the clouds, a good omen that we would complete the Ride High Country 7 Peaks challenge. It was the last peak for me, number 7, Omeo-Dinner Plain. I thought the light was beautiful, shining through the fog and clouds between the snow gums.”
In congratulating Fiona, Matthew White, Marketing Manager, Tourism North East said he was looking forward to working with Ms O’Callaghan as an Ambassador, and promoting her photo in campaigns. “We thought the photo really embodied the spirit of riding in the High Country and can’t wait to feature it. We know the response is going to be incredible.”
Honorable mentions went to Mt Buller Sunset, Thomas France (top); Gravel Storm, Val Usatoff (middle) and Falls Creek High Voltage go-pro, Su-Ann Tan Burke (bottom).