Inaugural Fleet Base West Photography Competition

The inaugural Fleet Base West Photography Competition saw more than 100 entries from budding photographers that captured the ‘People, Places and Stuff’ associated with the Royal Australian Navy based on Garden Island.

Entries were all carefully considered for creative flair, eye-catching detail and technique against the three competition categories, before being shortlisted to 50 finalists.

Finalists were judged by Mayor of Rockingham Barry Sammels, Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Navy Imagery Unit-West Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko and Chris Dalton of Nikon Australia.

“We were absolutely blown away by the calibre of all the entries and had a hard time choosing the category winners” Captain Morthorpe said.

“We all looked at the entries from a different perspective, be that technical or the raw emotion the image made us feel – it was an amazing, and pleasingly challenging opportunity that we were all excited to be a part of.

“I was also pleased to see the broad range of entrants who represent our community and having the Mayor as a judge emphasised this aspect.”

The Fleet Base West Photography Competition held its exhibition opening and award presentations on Friday 22 November, presenting five framed certificates for ‘Highly Commended’ entries, before announcing the overall and category winners.



Winner, Katrina Glenn, with her prize and winning image (top). Photo by Leading Seaman Ernesto Sanchez.
Winner, Katrina Glenn, with her prize and winning image (top). Photo by Leading Seaman Ernesto Sanchez.

The overall winner of the Competition was Mrs Katrina Glenn with her photograph ‘Hugs of Much Worth’ that captured the emotional pre-deployment hugs of her husband CPO Andrew Glenn and their two young sons.

Katrina was thrilled with her prize from Nikon Australia, who donated a Nikon D7500 and 18-140mm lens valued at $2129.00.

“Thank you so much to Nikon Australia for this amazing prize. We are going hiking this weekend and I am so excited to try out the new camera on our hike,” she said.

Second place for the competition was ‘Workplace point of View’ by Able Seaman Lincoln Commane, who won a $300 voucher to Camera Electronic.



  • Places – ‘Making a Splash-Beagle Bay’ by Lieutenant John Wilbraham.
  • People – ‘Experiences’ by Sub-Lieutenant Samantha Brandstater.
  • Stuff – ‘Ghost in the Night’ by Leading Seaman Grahame Kelaher.

The three category winners each received a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher donated by the Defence Community Organisation.





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