Image of Feather wins people choice award

Feather and the Goddess Pool at Wategos Beach, 2014, by Natalie Grono, has won the People's Choice Award at the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.
Feather and the Goddess Pool at Wategos Beach, 2014, by Natalie Grono, has won the People's Choice Award at the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015. Natalie Grono

AN image of Byron Bay local Feather by Lennox Heads photographer Natalie Grono has received the People's Choice Award at the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

Grono received the confirmation last night, and she called Feather to let her know.

"She was very happy. We are going to meet next week to celebrate. She was so excited she hang up on me to call her grandchildren," Grono said.

The photographer first saw Feather like many to around the Byron Shire, as she is famous for dancing every time she has a chance.

"I formally met feather at a children's book launch and she told me she swims at a Goddess Pool every morning, so I asked if we could do some photos there."

Natalie Grono thinks the image resonated with the public because it depicts a confident person.

"It is not often that we see a woman her age on a bikini in a public place with such confidence and strength."

Ms Grono confirmed the image will be featured in an exhibition to be held locally next year around the subject of Northern Rivers women.

Grono has lived in the Northern Rivers for the last two years, and in 2009 she was the winner of Walkley Award for portraiture while working for the Newcastle Herald.



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