Cherrie on top for #mymackay

Cherrie Hughes’ obvious love of The Mackay Region is what led her to enter Mackay Tourism’s #mymackay multimedia competition, and it’s also what won it for her.

Over 200 entries were received throughout July for the competition, that allowed people to enter in any format that they chose.

Entries included paintings, fibre arts, sculpture, letters, poetry, photos,found art and videos.

Cherrie’s winning entry was a video clip that featured a wide variety of her own photos from across the region.

“I love the region I live in!” Cherrie said.

“Everything in the video – that is exactly how I feel. It is the most amazing place to be, with the most amazing things to do.”

Cherrie said that she was almost speechless when she received the phone call to say that she had won the big weekend getaway to Keswick Island, including accommodation at the Beach House for six people, scenic transfers and a $300 Woolworths voucher to stock the fridge.

“I was so very, very surprised. I know that there is a fantastic amount of talent in Mackay and that the quality of the entries would be very high – I’m genuinely surprised at winning the competition.

“And I love Keswick! I’ve been there a few times for work but not purely for pleasure and my family have never been before so my husband and the kids are incredibly excited.”

Runners up in the competition were Johanna Wix and Alberto Alianza.

Johanna’s entry was a painting of three people taking a selfie in the region, using a vibrant colour palette.

“I wanted to portray the essence of Mackay,” Johanna said with her entry.

“The colours of the Harbour, islands, Eungella, the Botanic Gardens, the Lagoons and surrounding districts.

“A kaleidoscope of colours that resonates with the nature, life and people that make our town Mackay.”

Johanna has won a high tea for six at the Old Station Teahouse, while Alberto has won a rainforest scuba dive for two with his unique photo of the Racecourse sugar mill.

All of the winners were presented with their prizes at the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races on Saturday by Mackay Tourism, sponsors BB Print and the Old Station Teahouse and the judging panel – Chrissy Evangelou, Greg Williamson, Rob Porter and Sharmin Messer.

Mackay Tourism General Manager, Tas Webber, said he was blown away with the talent and passion from locals who got behind #mymackay.

“Mackay locals are the best ambassadors to share why The Mackay Region is the perfect location to visit,” Mr Webber said.

“We can’t wait to see how far #mymackay will go in the future.”

An exhibition of the #mymackay entries is currently being planned.



Melissa Woods - Communications Officer

0448 994 180

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Published: 20 August 2017


#visitmackay #ourisaac