LOCAL snappers have cleaned up in a national photography award sponsored by Canon.
Their winning images range from an unusual photograph of the Arc du Triomphe in Paris to a atmospheric shot of Coney Island in New York.
East Lismore snapper David Freund was among those honoured at The Australian Institute of Professional Photographer's awards, held last night in Sydney.
A qualified ceramics engineer, he originally dipped a toe into the image market writing magazine articles and supplying photographs to go with them.
Next was wedding photography but he has since branched out into supplying stock photographs for huge photo libraries such as Getty Images and istock.
"I am currently ranked about 200th out of 40,000 (stock) photographers," he said.
Mr Freund shoots photographs locally but also travels the world to get material. Soon he will visit Paris to shoot Asian models posing as a couple on honeymoon - "that work is designed for the Japanese market" - and to London where an elderly couple has been booked to act as grey nomad tourists.
He will also head to Bali, Singapore and Istanbul to snap shots.
Mr Freund said: "I shoot to fill demand and I do all the pre-production, including arranging talent and locations, myself.
"You can spend thousands setting up a shoot and it will bomb, whereas another may go great guns.... but it's all good fun."
Mr Freund won three silver awards in the travel category, for his photos of the Arc du Triomphe, the Water Palace in Jaipur India, and Housing Apartments in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Another East Lismore photographer to take out awards was Ben Lynch who won two Silver Medals and two Silver Distinctions in the travel category.
"I love people and their stories," said Mr Lynch.
Bangalow's Richard Windeyer also picked up a Silver Distinction in the family category for a shot at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay.
Tweeds Heads' Tristam Evison won two Silver Distinctions in the landscape category.
The Grafton Daily Examiner's Adam Hourigan earned a Gold With Distinction.