Louth is a small village on the Darling River, home to just 43 people, and the region has been gripped by one of the worst droughts on record. But for its annual race meeting, Louth is flooded with thousands of visitors. The racecourse is transformed into a campground to accommodate racegoers who travel from around the country.
Louth Race Club personnel and locals worked tirelessly to prepare the race club for the big day, says photographer Jenny Evans, who captured the spirit of the Louth Races in images.
“The track itself was incredibly dry and had to be raked and watered three times a day to get it race ready and pass safety inspections,” Evans wrote in her entry statement. “The (only) local pub, Shindy’s Inn, fed hundreds of people and ordered 210 kegs of beer for the big event.”
The judges loved Evans’ story as “dry and uniquely Australian”.
“Jenny has a humorous and captivating way of capturing the essence of each moment. Visually it plays off the arid landscape and the warmth of the Australian sunset. Jenny waits for the light to come to her images.”