PURE TALENT: Sarah Zunker’s award-winning photo taken near Jaipur in January.
PURE TALENT: Sarah Zunker’s award-winning photo taken near Jaipur in January.

Gina's a believer in photo magic

BUNDABERG-BORN photography student Sarah Zunker says she knew the moment she pressed the shutter button on her camera, that she had captured something special.

Miss Zunker took many photos on her recent trip to India but there was one image that took everyone's breath away at the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) Queensland awards held last month.

"It was an early, foggy morning in the north of India. I was standing on the side of the lake and the sun was rising and creating a warm glow on the building," she said.

"I waited for a small fishing boat to move into frame and I snapped the image right as a bird landed on the building."

The image garnered Miss Zunker a Silver with Distinction award at the ceremony and justified her decision to give up a successful teaching career to pursue a long-held passion for photography.

"I always loved art and aesthetic beauty and nature," she said.

"But life took me on a different journey and my sister and I had a clothes shop on the main street for about four years.

The 36-year-old decided to leave Bundaberg in her early 20s to travel the world and along the way picked up a teaching degree in Sydney.

"I still love teaching and being with the kids," she said.

But her creative flame continued to burn and after prodding from family and friends she decided to take a leap of faith into the unknown.

This comes as earlier in the month another Bundaberg woman's striking photograph of her daughter on a swing found its way into the National Geographic's photo of the day series.

Visit Sarah Zunker Photographer on Facebook to see more of her work.

Zunker's tips:

  • How can I create an interesting composition? Use the rule of thirds.
  • What is the point of interest? The photo needs to have an element of engagement and something to draw the viewer in.
  • Have I considered the lighting? The lighting you choose will depend on the mood and feel you want to create in your shot.
  • What is the story that I am telling? Photography is visual storytelling so think about how you can convey what you are seeing to others.
  • Am I smiling? If you're enjoying the work you're creating, there's a high chance that others will too.


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