Human face of mining

THE annual Snowden photography exhibition is on again, showcasing diverse perspectives of the global mining industry.
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Vivienne Ryan


The photographic competition, Celebrating the Mining Industry, attracted over 500 entrants from around the globe stretching from the Czech Republic to Africa, Bulgaria, Mauritius, Mauritania, Bolivia and Chile.


The pictures encompass the diverse nature of mining and what it brings to people from all walks of life.


The winning picture, titled “Loading”, depicts the harsh, rugged reality of mining and was taken at Slag Dump Hill in Sorowako, Indonesia.


Category prizes were awarded for equipment and machinery, people and culture and landscape.


Australian landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp, who has works exhibited in the Australian National Gallery, led the judging panel for the competition.


The Perth exhibition was opened by Snowden chief executive Craig Morley at the Central Park building foyer last night and will remain on display for the next two weeks, before moving to Brisbane.


The exhibition will be displayed from October 28 at the Riverside Centre in Brisbane’s CDB.




“Doing it the hard way” was taken in New Zealand by Richard Bell and won the equipment category.



“Artisanal miners mining for gold” was taken in Eritrea, Africa by Hugh Francis and won the culture award.



The overall winner, “Loading”, was captured by Indra Manik.


“Stairway to Aircore” was taken in Kambalda by Greg Tossel and won the landscape category.