A portfolio of four Tasmanian landscape photographs have won a national award for Tasmanian photographer Geoffrey Lea.

At a gala dinner in Sydney’s Darling Harbor on Monday night Geoffrey was awarded the Canon/AIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year for 2006.  One of his images, of sea breaking over rocks taken at Port Davey in Tasmania’s South West, was ranked in the top ten across all categories (more than 1500 images).

The award is part of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s (AIPP) annual Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards, which also includes categories for wedding, portrait, industrial and advertising photographs. The overall award this year was won by Sydney based car photographer Urs Bulhman.

Geoffrey was Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year in 2003. He has been publishing his landscape work in Tasmanian posters and postcards since 1989. His pictures have appeared in national and international magazines and on Australian stamps.

Geoffrey said “Tasmanian images were over-represented in the landscape category, not because there were a lot of Tasmanian entrants, but because photographers come from all over Australia to photograph our beautiful island. “Fortunately I have the advantage of local knowledge and time on location.”

Geoffrey urged the Tasmanian government to do more to protect Tasmania’s landscape values, particularly those in areas outside national parks. “Everybody who comes to Tasmania says how beautiful it is, yet there is no whole of government approach in place to protect that enormous cultural and economic asset”.

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A. location: Port Davey     score: Gold Distinction
B. location: Liffey Valley score: Silver
C. location: Cape Bruny score: Silver Distinction
D. location: Lower Marshes score: Silver