I won the 1001 Extraordinary Experiences Competition!

I have some amazing news!! :) :) :)

Earlier this year, I entered the Tourism Western Australia Facebook competition called ‘1001 Extraordinary Experiences‘. You had to submit an image taken in Western Australia via their Facebook page, and describe the extraordinary experience you had.

I submitted just one image, the Arching Milky Way Over the Bungle Bungles, and I described my experience:

Photographing the Bungle Bungles at night, lit by the crescent Moon with the Milky Way arching overhead. It was an amazing experience, even better that I could share it with others on the tour group. Pristine dark skies and amazing unique landscapes – it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles

Arching Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles

I’d forgotten all about it, until I received a call in early April to tell me that I was one of the 5 winners!!!!!!

I haven’t been able to tell anyone for a while, until Tourism WA announced the winners themselves which they did today via their Facebook page.

The prize is a holiday package back to WA to the value of $10,000! So amazing, so unbelievable. And this time I get to take my family!

It’s just been an incredible 12 months. Winning the Ken Duncan Photo Awards competition which saw me take an unbelievable 2 week journey around the Kimberley with Ken Duncan, to then use a photo taken on that trip to win another competition back to WA – mind blowing! :)

Kate and I are still finalising our itinerary, but it’s looking like we’ll head over there in the September school holidays and travel up the Coral Coast, to see Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Kilbarri NP and more. It’ll be quite a different holiday than the Kimberley, as this one will be focused on our family and not just me and purely photography – but I hope I still get the opportunity to take some great photos over there again.

Thanks for reading!

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7 Responses to “I won the 1001 Extraordinary Experiences Competition!”

  1. Gaz White says:

    HUGE congratulations Mike, sensational image, I am just starting to do astrophotography, and this image has spurned me on, to try and get better images, than the ones am shooting now, still trying to sort out my ISO settings, but, with time and experiementing, I shall perservere… the stars will be there another night. woowww what an adventure, going on a tour with Ken Duncan, then winning this from that tour… your family must be so proud of you.

    Port Macquarie

    • Mike Salway says:

      Thanks Gaz, appreciate you taking the time to comment. It means a lot. It’s been quite a wild ride – I’ve really enjoyed the last 12 months and my photography is taking on a whole new level. Thanks for sharing in it with me!

  2. Suman says:

    Hearty Congratulations Mike!! I am a big fan of your photos and visit your blog regularly. You really deserve this award for the outstanding photos you take. Am very happy for you :)

    • Mike Salway says:

      Thanks again for your comment, Suman. It was completely unexpected but an amazing prize and an amazing experience to come. My family are going to enjoy the holiday and I hope I get time for a few opportunities for photography too :)

  3. Mike Sidonio says:

    Amazing indeed Mike, what a blast, hope that cloud you are on stays up there for a long time! You will know WA very well and have photographed much of it to boot LOL!

    Congratulations mate


    • Mike Salway says:

      Thanks so much, Mike! It’s definitely the type of phone call that can change your life :)
      We haven’t had a family holiday longer than 5-6 days for 15 years.. so the kids are excited about this one too :)

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