TOP SHOT: Katrina Lehmann's entry to the Out From the Mist photography competition, titled Invisible, hangs among the finalists' entries.
TOP SHOT: Katrina Lehmann's entry to the Out From the Mist photography competition, titled Invisible, hangs among the finalists' entries. Katrina Lehmann

Charleville's own image goes beyond the exterior

DIVING beyond the surface with her lens to explore the depths of invisible illness has won Charleville photographer Katrina Lehmann a finalist spot in the international photography competition, Out From the Mist.

Her image, titled Invisible, was intended to capture life with an illness that is not apparent to others - fitting with the competition's focus on mental health.

"With this image I am trying to portray the effects and the darkness that invisible illness can have on your mental health,” Ms Lehmann said in her entry.

Ms Lehmann's photo garnered praise from Out From the Mist creative director, and fellow Charleville local, Michael Lockwood.

"We had photographs from around the world, and it was great to see Katrina's photo hanging on the wall amongst the other finalists,” Mr Lockwood said.

"The photo merges the shape of Katrina over an outback scene, capturing the invisibility experienced by people whose illnesses are not apparent to those around them.

"It is a powerful reminder that we need to be alert to the fact that many people carry burdens not readily apparent to others.”

As well as being a finalist in the Out From the Mist competition, Katrina's photo was named the best entry by readers of the Western Times - she won a $500 prize.

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