In a country where art has been closely linked to landscape for hundreds of years, and where ancient Roman ruins stand contrasted against an eclectic mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo architecture, the modern tourist could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled onto a movie set. What country could offer more opportunities for the perfect picture than Italy? Indeed, avid photographers on this year’s PSA Offshore Refresher Conference were spoilt by scenic opportunities at every turn.

We have teamed up with the Conference’s principal sponsor Willach, whose managing director John Koot was again delighted to sponsor the AJP’s Offshore Refresher Photo Competition for the fourth consecutive year. Our thanks to Willach for providing the cash prizes: $500 for the winner for the Best Overall Photo and $250 each for winners of the Best Scenic, Cultural and Social categories (total value of $1250). Congratulations to our winners and special thanks to the many delegates who have shared their favourite photographic moments with us.

 

BEST OVERALL

CATHERINE NOLAN snapped this iconic image of the Eternal City—the dome of St Peter’s Basilica surrounded by the Vatican and reflected in the River Tiber.

 

BEST SCENIC

Room with a view: FIONA JACKSON captured this stunning view of the Tuscan countryside through the window of her room in the hamlet of Artimino.

 

BEST SOCIAL

So many ruins, so little time! LYNNE MACKINNON’S winning photo of delegates in front of the temple of Castor and Pollux at Agrigento in Sicily captures the essence of the Refresher—a perfect blend of education and fun in spectacular locations.

 

BEST CULTURAL

Moments frozen in time: these two photos by LIZ BAJUSZ of a woman reading on the roof under a Tuscan sun and a Roman woman with her dog, washing fruit at one of the city’s 2,500 drinking fountains or “nasoni” (big noses, as the Romans affectionately call them), capture perfectly the relaxed culture of Italy and style of its people. We couldn’t choose between them, so Liz wins this category for both photos!