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Mustering pilot turned photographer

EXCELLENCE IN RURAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Scott Bridle with his award-winning photo of the wheat harvest at Beverleigh, Dirranbandi. BELOW: The winning image.
EXCELLENCE IN RURAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Scott Bridle with his award-winning photo of the wheat harvest at Beverleigh, Dirranbandi. BELOW: The winning image. Contributed

AS A HELICOPTER musterer, Scott Bridle gets to see regularly what other people don't.

His bird's eye view of the Australian landscape has helped him to take out first prize in the rural photography section of this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mr Bridle grew up on a cattle, wheat and sheep farm in south-western Queensland before going to work as a stockman up north and then in central Queensland.

The uniqueness of the Australian landscape is quite amazing. With the farming photos, it's the patterns - people don't realise what they are creating.

He was always interested in photography but said it was not until he took to the skies that the hobby became more serious.

"When I was seeing things from the air that not a lot of people had an opportunity to see I thought, 'Gee, I have to capture that'," he said.

"My first roll of photos was shown to a studio in Byron Bay and that created a lot of interest. It encouraged me to go away and do more of it."

Mr Bridle, now based at Meandarra, said the aerial work had given him a totally different perspective of the land.

"The uniqueness of the Australian landscape is quite amazing. With the farming photos, it's the patterns - people don't realise what they're creating."

A life-long connection with the bush and the people who live there has enabled the award-winning photographer to understand the subjects he photographs.

"It's my way of expressing what I see."

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