Last month I submitted this photo for the ‘Love the Hills’ Art Competition by Stockdale & Leggo Real Estate in Emerald, Vic.

The theme was to submit an artwork that described the beauty of the life in the Hills. The aim of the Competition was to have a little exhibition and select 12 finalists for a 2017 Calendar, whose founds would go to the local MND Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria.

This photo was taken from Mt Dandenong overlooking the city of Melbourne at night.  In the foreground, are visible the silhouettes of a couple of lovers and native Gum trees. What’s incredible for me in this photo is how many stars are visible in the sky despite the light pollution of the City lights. It’s something quite special. and I really feel blessed to be able to live near a place with such an amazing view. Here we are so close to a big city, yet far enough to feel completely surrounded by nature.

Art works exhibition in Emerald, Vic ©Erika's Way

All the artworks submitted are currently part of a little exhibition at the Old Emerald Bakery in Emerald, Vic, including my picture! I have to admit, it was really exciting to see one of my photos exposed in a gallery among other amazing artworks! This is my very first exhibition, and I’m so happy i got the chance to expose locally.

Here are some more artworks in the exhibition:

Old Emerald Bakery exhibition room 'Love the Hills' calendar 2017 Dandenog Ranges Art exhibition in Emerald, VicOld Emerald Bakery, Emerald, Vic

…and here is Katie, from Stockdale & Leggo, smiling at me while holding the 2017 ‘Love the Hills’ Calendar, open in the month of December, where you can see my photo!!!!!!!! Yes, my photo was one of the 12 selected for the Calendar! 🙂
Calendar competition month of DecemberCalendar competition December winner Emerald, Vicstockdale&Leggo calendar 2017 month of December ©Erika's Way Detail of 'Love the Hills' Calendar 2017 in the Dandenong Ranges

‘Do it with passion or not at all’

Katie Woods

December 2017 'Love the Hills' Calendar by Stockdale&Leggo, Emerald, Vic ©Erika's Way 'Love the Hills' 2017 Calendar detail of the Cover

You can buy the Calendar online, here. All the founds raised from the sales of the Calendar will be donated to MND-Motor Neuron Disease Association of Victoria. I already have my copy! And you?

Thank you so much for everything, Stockdale & Leggo! 🙂