Entries to this year’s PSA Offshore Refresher Conference photo competition were as spectacular and diverse as the destinations themselves, from the sands of Hawaii’s beaches to the glittering sky
scrapers of San Francisco and the breathtaking icescapes of Alaska.
This year’s photo competition has again been sponsored by Willach, also the principal sponsor of the
Refresher Conference, with the enthusiastic support of managing director John Koot. Willach has
provided cash prizes to a total value of $1250: the winner of the Best Overall Photo will receive
$500, with $250 each for winner of the Best Scenic, Cultural, and Social categories.
Congratulations to our winners and special thanks to everyone who shared their favourite photos
MARC CLAVIN captured this iconic ‘Tunnel View’ of Yosemite Valley, framed by the
towering granite monolith of El Capitan to the left and Bridalveil Fall.
CATHERINE KIRBY took this photograph on the Punchbowl Glacier in Alaska, following an “amazing” helicopter ride over the Chugach Mountains onto this giant snowfield. “Here the Alaskan Huskies stay with a few trainers through the summer months. It definitely was the highlight of our trip,” Catherine says. “This photo is of the McBeath’s and their first-time Musher. Apparently he had accidentally got them stuck in a groove and they had all fallen off.”
PETER (PEDRO) ROBERTS’s photos of a mural of Pachamama or Mother Earth on the ‘Women’s
Building’ in San Francisco’s Mission District and of stockinged legs above a shopfront in Haight
Ashbury show two different aspects of the city’s multi-faceted cultural heritage.
LYNNE PERKINS’ photo of this happy group of cyclists having crossed the Golden Gate Bridge
captures what the Offshore Refresher Conference is all about—a convivial mix of education and fun
with friends, old and new, and spectacular locations.
OTHER PICS WE LIKED
AMBER HORSFALL’s photo of her family dressed for the occasion at the ‘Summer of Love’ themed
dinner at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel captures all the fun of the Refresher: (L-R) Peter van
Wijngaarden and Amber with their children Erin and Will, and grandparents Maria Guareschi and Bill
Horsfall. It fooled us! We thought VAUGHAN PATULLOCK’s photo had captured this humpback whale in full flight… until he explained that it is in fact a bronze statue in Juneau, Alaska. It’s still a classic photo!