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Saturday 24 May 2008

'Dog Rocks' wins at the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts photography competition

By Darren Stones

The upcoming 51st Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts will be held Thursday 5th June to Monday 9th June, 2008.

Some good news on a personal level is that my image Dog Rocks has been judged the Best Photograph Of The Exhibition in the photography competition. The award to be presented is a bronze statuette which has been sculptured by Michael Mandelc, and it depicts Henry Lawson’s “The Drover’s Wife”.

Dog Rocks also won the Open Colour section of the competition.

I’ve been kindly invited by Tim Wood, coordinator of the photography competition, to attend the Awards Dinner at Grenfell on Saturday 7 June, 2008 6:30PM to receive the award.

There is a distinct connection with Redbubble regarding this achievement. Hop Dac, RB staff member, posted a topic in the main forum informing members of this competition. It was there I became aware of the competition, and I thank Hop for doing so.

Upon deciding to enter, I ordered six Redbubble matted prints specifically for the competition. I wrote a journal regarding the quality of the matted prints on April 19, 2008 and it can be found here.

I’m pleased to say that Redbubble and its community have played a significant role regarding this achievement and I highly value the continued encouragement given by Peter Styles, Redbubble staff and Redbubble members.

The achievement is dedicated to my mate Joe Mortelliti, for it was because of him that Dog Rocks was photographed on August 25, 2007.

Special thanks to my family for their continued support.

Folks, enjoy your creative pursuits.

Henry Lawson on Wikipedia

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts website

Dog Rocks

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Capturing the bark at Dog Rocks

Writing the Redbubble Featured Page

By Darren Stones

Recently I had the pleasure of writing the Redbubble Featured Page for my photography sales agent, Redbubble. The response to my work from the Redbubble community and the featured artists I'd chosen was most gratifying.

The occasion provided me an online opportunity to collaborate with fellow photographers, to promote their quality work, and allow me to relate personal travel experiences. At the same time my intended purpose was to promote Australian travel destinations and attractions to potential national and international visitors.

The featured works and artists:

1. Before and After by Mark Ingram
2. Dog Rocks, Batesford by Joe Mortelliti
3. First Light by David Haviland
4. Apollo Bay Charm - Victoria, Australia by Cain Doherty
5. Mechanical Sun by jagart
6. MCG Boxing Day 2006 ~ Shane Warne’s 700th Test wicket - by Lisa Kenny
7. Surfers Paradise by Ben Hew
8. Perth Twilight by Clinton Barnes
9. Federal Parliament by Night by Xenedis

All these images are available for public viewing by following the link provided below to the featured page I wrote for Redbubble on May 20, 2008.

Darren Stones Does The Featured Page

Wednesday 21 May 2008

That moment in Corryong

By Darren Stones

It’s an enjoyable waiting game.

The evening sky is smoky as the sun begins to fade.


Corryong – April 22, 2008 5:42PM.

Friday 16 May 2008

Pre-arranged discount for commercial buyers

By Darren Stones

For commercial buyers in Australia seeking to purchase 10 or more framed photographic prints, please contact me by email or phone to discuss a special pre-arranged discount.

Framed prints are the ideal decorator piece for offices, B&Bs, guest houses, hotels, motels, apartments, cafes and restaurants.

Genuine buyer enquiries welcome.

Online gallery of images for sale can be viewed at:

Darren Stones – Freelance Journalist and Photographer
Contact email
Mobile phone: 0419 200 469
Melbourne, Australia.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance member
(Australian Journalists Association)

Click each image for pricing and framing options.


Darren with a medium-sized framed print.
Displayed is a black flat frame with off white matte.

Tuesday 13 May 2008

National Library of Australia - Picture Australia

By Darren Stones

It's a pleasure to be contributing images to the National Library of Australia - Picture Australia.

I'm doing so by uploading low resolution images to my Pro Flickr account and then submitting relevant images to the Picture Australia: Ourtown group and the Picture Australia: People, places and events group.

All images displayed in the Picture Australia website are a reflection of the towns, places, people and events that have made up the fabric of life in Australia.

The full collection of my images can be viewed here at Picture Australia

Below is a small sample of images displayed in the Picture Australia collection.


Unloading the catch at Eden
Unloading the catch

Mount Wellington - Hobart

Dorrigo National Park

Cattle Drive

Sunday 11 May 2008

Help donate to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre Appeal

By Darren Stones

Olivia Newton-John is currently involved in a fund raising campaign to build a cancer centre in Melbourne, Australia.

To assist in raising the awareness of the appeal, I'll be donating all profits from sales between May 11th to 18th, 2008 on the autumn image collection below. The images were recently taken during the 2008 Bright Autumn Festival in Bright, Victoria, Australia.

Most of us in our lives will be in some way affected by cancer, so I call on folks to consider a purchase of one or more of these works and help support Olivia in her quest.

These images are for sale via my sales agent, Redbubble, and can be found by clicking on this link.

Click here for autumn slideshow





Sunday 4 May 2008

Glorious autumn in eastern Australia

By Darren Stones

Autumn is an ideal time to travel leisurely by car in eastern Australia with temperatures being mild and the days generally calm.

Recently had the pleasure of a 2300 kilometre road trip to capture autumn images in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Having never embarked on a specific autumn photographic journey before, it was an experience that I’d like to highly recommend to Australians and visitors to Australia.

Most visitors to Australia follow the well-worn coastal routes, but to see the best of autumn in Australia, you generally need to travel inland for the amazing colours, scenery and magical light that exists during April/May.

Trust you enjoy this small sample of autumn images taken in Australia during late April and early May 2008.

This series of images is for sale via my sales agent redbubble.

Bright - Victoria

Mount Buffalo - Victoria

National Carillon - Canberra, ACT

Bega - New South Wales

Cann River Church - Victoria