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Beyond the Bale : June 2012
June 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 38 ON-FARM Victoria will also have her winning image printed on a stamp thanks to Australia Post, which will be in circulation during 2012. "I took this photograph at a property in Langley via Kyneton," Miss Williams said. "The property, 'Wattle Bank', is owned by Lyn and Arnold Diss and has been in their family since 1914 and they have been breeding Merino sheep for 60 years. "The rams in my photo are bred on their Langley property and when Lyn and Arnold first saw this image they immediately recognised their sheep." Australian actress Kate Ritchie, famous for her role as Sally Fletcher in Home and Away, was on the judging panel of the photography competition and said she was blown away by Miss Williams's image. "This is an incredibly strong black and white image, accompanied by a strong title that gives rams a human-like quality," Miss Ritchie said. "It is to be said that our Aussie wool industry is something to be proud and thankful for. I almost feel fearsome of these rams, standing stubbornly and demanding respect that could be from the wool farmers themselves." "These four older rams are the leaders of their flock. They step forward and face humans and do not run. They are the protectors of their mates, the makers of fleece, lambs, rams and ewes. They are the godfathers of Australian wool," says photographer Chevelle Williams. This is the winning entry from this year 's Australia Day Make Your Mark competition. Redesdale resident Ms Williams won the Open Global category with her black and white photo called The Godfathers. The 28-year-old photographer from rural Miss Williams said she was amazed when she found out she had been short- listed as a finalist for the competition and then excited and surprised when she found out her image had been selected against some other very talented photographers. "I chose this particular image because of the memory these rams left with me. During a lunch break during shearing last September, the mob of rams was waiting their turn. As I approached the holding pen these four rams fronted up to me whilst I was snapping away. "I wasn't after this shot but they continued to stand strong and confront me no matter which angle I tried. They stood proud and strong, like they were ready to protect their mates. "I called them The Godfathers because apart from confronting me these Merino rams are the godfathers and makers of fleece, producers of rams, ewes and lambs and our wonderful wool industry." More information: For a copy of The Godfathers, email email@example.com or phone Chevelle on 0402 697 136. FAST FACTS l An image of Australian rams, titled The Godfathers, was the winning entry in an Australia Day photography competition. l Australia Post will print The Godfathers on a postage stamp, to be in circulation during 2012. l Photographer Chevelle Williams snapped the image on a property in regional Victoria. Stamped with success The Godfathers' photographed by Chevelle Williams. The photograph will be printed on an Australia Post postage stamp later this year.