SURF'S UP: Coolum photographer Michelle Eide won first prize in the portraits category for this photo.
SURF'S UP: Coolum photographer Michelle Eide won first prize in the portraits category for this photo. Michelle Eide

Photographer awarded first in 24-hour challenge

TWENTY-FOUR hours to create a masterpiece is challenging, but nothing Michelle Eide can't achieve.

The Coolum photographer took part in the Sunshine Coast Photo Shootout last weekend, picking up first place in the portrait category for her photo of a local surfer.

She said the competition, which gives photographers 24 hours to shoot and submit three of their best images in three categories, was rewarding because it forced her out of her comfort zone.

"I feel really accomplished, it gives me a lot of confidence," she said.

"It was just great to be out there doing what I love, and I couldn't have asked for a better shot."

Ms Eide said she tried to incorporate her love for surfing and her hometown into her piece, and was surprised to catch the perfect shot on her first attempt.

"I started pretty much at 4am and spent until 9am on the beach," she said.

"After my subject eating a lot of sand, and me getting very wet, I went back home to have a look and found I'd actually got the perfect photo on the first go."

The competition had seven categories in total, including landscapes, seascapes and 'phonetography'.

Ms Eide's work can be viewed on Instagram under the handle @empireartphotography and @shelleide.

For more photographs from the competition visit The Sunshine Coast Photo Shootout Facebook page.


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