A TRIP to the biggest gold mine in the world helped Adam Levi Browne gain recognition for his photography.
The East Victoria Park resident and wedding photographer was invited by his father-in-law to the Grasberg Mine in the remote mountains of West Papua, Indonesia.
“The opportunity came about because he works as a FIFO worker and I had seen photos on Facebook of the area,” he said.
“I went over for one week in late January. Usually you are not allowed to go over unless you know someone working there or if you get permission.
“It’s a place that’s not really seen by tourists. I found it pretty unreal; it’s 14,000 feet in the air, so hiking is full-on.”
The photographs taken there earned Mr Browne first place in the documentary/|photojournalism category of the Capture magazine Top Emerging Photographer Awards.
He also earned third place in the overall awards and the wedding category.
“The documentary category is about observing what you see and taking a photo,” he said.
“People need direction, which is something I’ve found during weddings, because they feel awkward so I’m always trying to guide people.
“The recognition is overwhelming and humbling; the feedback from my peers is great.”