The winners of the Toowoomba and Takatsuki Sister Cities’ photographic competition have been announced, with six Toowoomba residents taking home a prize for their stunning entries.

Toowoomba Region Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald said the competition was a fantastic way to celebrate Toowoomba’s 30-year partnership with Japanese Sister City Takatsuki.

“There were some spectacular images of our Region submitted along with amazing photos of Takatsuki,” Cr McDonald said.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our winners for their incredible photos.

“There was a really great response to the competition with almost 90 entrants across both categories and 270 images submitted for judging.

“It was fantastic to see so many budding and professional photographers take part.

“Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. We had a very tough time choosing a winner!”

The winners of the Toowoomba open category are:

1st Paul Knie with image ‘Westview’
2nd Mark Laurie with image ‘Carnival of Flowers from above’
3rd Tim Williams with image ‘Hodgson Vale views

The Toowoomba youth category winners are:

1st Gracie Lord with image ‘Watchful Eye’
2nd Hudson Oliver with image ‘Toowoomba Wall Art’
3rd Vivienne Lord with image ‘Camouflaged’

All photographs submitted, including the winning entries, are available to view on the competition website. Visit 

The website also contains an online Sister City Photography Exhibition that has been curated by the Toowoomba Photographic Society and the Takatsuki Koeisha Photograph Association.

Sister City history: Takatsuki, Japan

A formal Sister City agreement between Toowoomba and Takatsuki was officially established on November 13, 1991.

The Declaration of Friendship agrees to deepen the relationship through mutually beneficial exchanges in the education, cultural, sporting and commercial arenas.

Toowoomba and Takatsuki have enjoyed a very active relationship with many exchanges occurring over the years, including student study tour exchanges.

Takatsuki, with a population of 355,000 people, is located almost halfway between Osaka and Kyoto in the southern section of the Honshu Island of Japan.

Caption: Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald (back) congratulates youth category prize recipients (from left) Hudson Oliver, winner Gracie Lord and Vivienne Lord along with open category winner Paul Knie.