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Voice of Real Australia: You want big? Outback Queensland knows big

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Fiona Lakes world-winning image reminds viewers of the power of photography to delight and surprise with new ways to look at the world, according to the outgoing secretary-general of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Steve Werblow.

Fiona Lakes world-winning image reminds viewers of the power of photography to delight and surprise with new ways to look at the world, according to the outgoing secretary-general of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Steve Werblow.

I don't want to get all Texas USA on you, which is maintaining its reputation for doing things in a big way, but not in the most desirable fashion at the moment.

However, if you want big colourful stories, western Queensland is where you'll find them.

While the story of the bloke who fought off a snake and talked his way out of a speeding fine happened in central Queensland rather than the outback, it's something that could easily have happened out here.

I'm just amazed that 'Jimmy' managed to both thwart the snake's attempts to bite him in the groin area and keep his vehicle on the road.

The biggest news in tourism has been Luminescent Longreach, a sound and light show "like nothing else in the world" that opened at the start of July.

When you use the side of a Boeing 747 as the canvas to splash your story of the airline outback Queensland gave the world 100 years ago, you can make that sort of claim.

The tourists and locals that get to watch the show will be out in the part of the country that has just yielded up the best photojournalism in the world.

Announced by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists at its virtual gathering held instead of the world congress scheduled for Denmark, images submitted by two North Queensland women topped photographs from five continents.

It was while recording the 95th anniversary of the last Cobb & Co coach service, in south west Queensland, Townsville-based Fiona Lake's drone hovered in the right place at the right time to capture the image that received the 2020 Star Prize for Photography.

Despair is the overpowering emotion captured by Cloncurry grazier Jacqueline Curley in this image judged one of the best in the world of agricultural journalism last year.

Despair is the overpowering emotion captured by Cloncurry grazier Jacqueline Curley in this image judged one of the best in the world of agricultural journalism last year.

And it was amid the biggest event to hit north west Queensland last year that Cloncurry grazier Jacqueline Curley showed the world what getting smashed in a monsoon meant for generations of devoted cattle breeders.

Her image of the anguish at finding so many dead cattle after the weather event swept through was the world runner-up in the production category.

The outback doesn't do things by halves.

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