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Jacqui Bateman – Australia

Leaping lambs

High, but not that high. Lamb prices predicted to vary state to state by the end of 2022. Photo by Jacqui Bateman. 

Photo published: 19 October 2022.

Photo published by: Stock Journal 

Article title: How new season lamb prices are performing in your state?


Winning state entry from SA/NT. Judges’ comments: Jacqui was quickly agreed upon as the winner of this category. Her shots captured the magic of the soft pastel hues of misty sheep yards early in the morning, which included the action shot of a sheep jumping for joy in its mob. Jacqui’s photos perfectly encapsulate the ‘production’ element of this category and demonstrate technical and creative proficiency. As Jacqui stated, ‘using a mid-range depth of field, fast shutter speed and a telephoto lens, I hoped to get a couple of good action shots, then I managed to snag this cracker’.


Jacqui’s description: This mob of sheep were particularly energetic and were leaping in the air when going through gateways and down the race, so I set myself up at the top of the yards to try and capture some action. Using a mid-range depth of field and fast shutter speed and a telephoto lens, I hoped to get a couple of good action shots. Then I managed to snag this cracker.


Jacqui’s bio: Other than raising a family and being a partner in a farming business, photography has been my life’s work and my craft. My work is an extension of my life, not an addition to it. I’m a country girl in every aspect and am a fierce advocate for our agricultural industry and those who work in it, our incredible country and our way of life.

Now living in Robe – one of the most beautiful coastal locations on earth – I find new inspiration every day in my surroundings.

People, animals and agriculture – the things closest to my heart – are my favourite subjects to photograph. I hope you can see who I am as you look through it. This is not to say that I don’t stray abroad when I can. I’m unashamedly hooked on experiencing other cultures and capturing their way of life – but I’ll always return home, to where I belong.

I’ve never been a wordsmith and I really struggle to find words to describe myself – actually preferring my images to speak for me. I tell stories through my lens: Images allowing us to re-live moments in our lives and preserving them for future generations, as tangible evidence of how we lived and how we loved.

I don’t take snapshots, I record life – in it’s entirety. Every image tells a story and I invite you to experience them. I’d be honoured to help you, tell yours.