A photo capturing the vivid determination of junior Rugby in Australia has won this year’s Samsung Snapshot Photographic competition.
The action shot freezes a kids Rugby match in time as one player advancing with ball in hand is tackled, whilst the other players and junior referee run with all eyes on the play.
Kim Colville from North Bondi, NSW beat almost 1,500 photo entries that were submitted for judging, a huge boost from last year’s inaugural competition, which had just over 350.
From Launceston to Adelaide, Gunnedah to Bondi, photos came from across the country, capturing the unique and varied perspectives of Rugby across all levels of the game in Australia.
Open to to anyone with a camera, the competition asked fans to send in images that define the essence of the game, on or off the field from junior through to senior Rugby.
Together the photos celebrate the game, its fans, the rain, the mud, the tackles, the goals and the glory between Rugby friends and foes.
Those who entered seized the opportunity to send in their best shots from minis to golden oldies Rugby, and everywhere in between.
A panel of expert News Limited and Getty photographers judged the photos after entries closed on Sunday 11 August.
Getty photographers said they chose Kim’s image as the winning entry because it is a great snapshot of Australian Rugby at the junior level.
As the winner, Kim will sit sideline at ANZ Stadium this Saturday night as an official photographer at the opening Bledisloe Cup clash between the Qantas Wallabies and All Blacks.
She also received two Gold tickets to the match, a signed Qantas Wallabies jersey and a Samsung NX300 model camera, valued at $849, plus a 45mm 3D lens, valued at $499.
The ten runners up each receive a Samsung WB250F model camera valued at $279.
The Samsung Snapshot Photographic Competition opened on 13 July as part of the Bledisloe Cup Festival, also now in its second year.
The collection of photo entries is on display now at the Magic of Bledisloe exhibition at the Museum of Sydney (corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney). Entry to the display is free and closes this Sunday 18 August.
Fans can also view the submissions here.