This is ‘Breaking Through’ – and in a year of pandemic, lockdowns and widespread community frustration, it has touched a chord with judges from an international photo competition run by The Australian.

In fact, Lal Lal photographer Kristina Kitchingman has picked up two ‘Commended’ honours for her work in the 2020 Mono Awards.

‘Breaking Through’ was a shot taken in an old abattoir in Eureka St Ballarat – now the home of Oxygen College, which is gradually renovating the building.

“When I saw the intact window with the plants growing around it, I thought “I really like that’,” she said.

“Black and white is something that I’m doing more of these days. It’s a style I play with and it seems to be working for me.”

The Mono Awards are for photographs printed in one colour.

‘Breaking Through’ was commended in the Places category – while another shot called ‘Mr and Mrs’ of a local bride and groom claimed another Commended certificate in the People section.

“I first entered the Mono Awards last year. I thought – well – I’m just gonna do this. I didn’t expect anything to come of it, so when I got the Commended honour last year I was very excited,” she said.

“This year I thought, well, I’ll give it a go again and I put in eight entries.”

** The Lal Lal Photo group is turning 10 in February and if restrictions permit, it’s planning a celebration – and later, a special 2021 exhibition.

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