Echo writer wins Julia Morris photo competition
“Pilbara Echo” community writer Elise Batchelor has just won a national photography competition run by Aussie comedienne and winner of Celebrity Apprentice Julia Morris.
The competition was part of the funny lady’s second annual “JMo Fest”, which included both film and photography sections.
Entrants had to submit a work which contained a cut out of Julia Morris’ face, as provided on her website, in a unique situation, before a team of judges selected finalists for the big comic “festival” event held at Sydney’s Metro Theatre last Wednesday night.
Ms Batchelor took her photo in a spur of the moment decision on the morning that exiting Port Hedland Primary School Principal Kane Benson attended his surprise farewell assembly.
All the school children had been provided Mr Benson masks by their teachers to wear for fun and Ms Batchelor said that only minutes before the assembly she asked her daughter’s Education Assistant Noelene Bradley if she would mind sitting amongst the kids wearing this one Julia Morris mask, surrounded by Mr Bensons.
“Noelene was a great sport and did the job just perfectly and completely unnoticed!” Ms Batchelor said.
“To be announced as a finalist was bizarre and definitely unexpected, but to have Julia Morris on the phone from Sydney last Wednesday night gushing, ‘Darling, you won!’ in true Lady JMo style, was utterly surreal.”
Julia Morris added that they raised well over $10,000 again for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ms Morris runs the competition as a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, something which many Hedland residents know well from several recent October events.
Ms Batchelor has won a fantastic Canon camera (which even has her husband salivating).