The theme of the Probus South Pacific 2016-2017 national photographic prize was:
40 years of friendship, fellowship and fun!
First prize, valued at $23,990: A 24 night Grand Voyage from London to Rome for two aboard Aegean Odyssey including return airfares for two from Australia to Europe and transfers to and from the ship thanks to Cruise Traveller and Voyages to Antiquity.
Congratulations to our First prize winner Jenny Kohlhagen from Probus Club of Batemans Bay Inc. (NSW)
Caption: Fun in the Sun!
Second prize, valued at $7,000: A seven night trip for two to Mauritius, in addition to seven nights accomodation, a full day tour of Casella Nature Park including interaction with lions and cheetahs and a half day Grand Bassin and Chamarel Tour thanks to Trade Travel.
Congratulations to our second prize winner Fred King from Probus Club of Coonara - Cherrybrook Inc. (NSW)
Caption: Harbourside Reflections.
Third prize, valued at $3,000: A three night escape to Auckland for two including return airfares from Australia to New Zealand, three nights accomodation in Auckland, breakfast, airport transfers and a New Zealand travel guide thanks to Grand Pacific Tours.
Congratulations to our third prize winner Laurence Besterfrom Probus Club of Murtoa Inc. (VIC)
Caption: Latest Silo Trail.
Runners-up: three runners-up will each receive a $500 voucher for accommodation at Golden Chain Motor Inns. With more locations than any other hotel chain in Australia, Golden Chain Motor Inns provide family-style hospitality.
Congratulations to our Runners up:
Kenneth Falconer from Probus Club of Donvale Inc. (VIC)
Caption: Probus members being amazed at the size of the Giant eater lilly leaves.
Barbara Hodges from Combined Probus Club of Syndal Inc (VIC)
Caption: Nita Climbing high on the Gloucester Tree which was fire lookout.
Ken Larbalestier from Probus Club of Kareela Inc. (NSW)
Caption: A Helping hand.
Visit the photographic competition page for more information on the 2017/18 National Photographic competition.
This award has been named in honour of Rotary International Past District Governor Paul Henningham, OAM, Editor of Probus News for many years. The Paul Henningham Award recognises the role that Paul played in the establishment and development of Probus News.
The Paul Henningham Literary Award for 2016 goes to Anna Hamers from Hallidays Probus Club in New South Wales for her poem, Burning Bridges.
Before Probus member Anna Hamers moved to Australia, she lived in the Netherlands. Here, she shares the story of her childhood and the changing landscape of her homeland. Anna is a member of the Hallidays Point Probus Club.
I'm a child of a flat, green country,
Surrounded by water and crowned with low skies,
Where in autumn the leaves are the colours of Rembrandt,
Where in wintry fog every single sound dies.
I still see myself as a child picking daisies,
I still see myself go to school on my bike
In the strong winds that seem to be always against me.
And in summer I walked with my love on the dike.
I will always remember my sweet little country
As it was in the days when I was still young.
My country that gave me a feeling of comfort,
A feeling that said: here is where you belong.
The meadows have gone, and so have the daisies.
There's houses and highways, it's progress, you know.
And the fog is now caused by boxes on wheels;
They have come a long way and got nowhere to go.
The street where I lived and that once was my playground
Is now the domain of McDonalds and Co,
Crowded with people from faraway places.
There's no quiet dikes now for lovers to go.
I will always remember my sweet little country,
But it's different now from when I was young.
So I burnt all my bridges in crossing the ocean
To this wonderful country that says, ‘you belong’.
Congratulations to David Abercrombie from Probus Club of Kenmore Gardens who has won this fantastic wellington Getaway for 2 people.
Grand Pacific Tours is offering a Wellington Getaway for two, valued at over $3000. The prize includes return airfares on Air New Zealand, airport transfers, three nights hotel accommodation, three breakfasts, a 400 page New Zealand travel guide and a Grand Pacific Tours documentation pack!
You too can be an author or a photographic star. The competitions page will give you more information about submitting your entry.
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