Snap of Swan Districts player nets former CNG photographer best WAFL photo


Daniel Wilkins’ winning photo. Picutre: Daniel Wilkins
Daniel Wilkins’ winning photo. Picutre: Daniel Wilkins

A PATIENT waiting game at Bassendean Oval last winter helped win Daniel Wilkins this year’s best WAFL photograph.

Wilkins, a former photographer with Community Newspaper Group, took the award-winning picture of Swan Districts follower Todd Banfield on a wet day while working for The Sunday Times.

“I waited for the players to get into a particular patch of mud,” Wilkins told the Advocate.

“But they seemed to be avoiding that section of the ground.

“It wasn’t until the third quarter it attracted almost all the play and I was able to get the shot with water going everywhere.”

It was consecutive wins for Wilkins at the WA Football Media Awards.

He also won the Rod Locke Best WAFL Photograph last year.

And it was also with a Swans player – Ryan Davis – as its subject.

The club was chuffed with Wilkins’ win, congratulating him on its Facebook page.

Wilkins, who also won best AFL photograph at this year’s awards, said he would be lying if he said he sat out on the boundary that day at Bassendean plying his trade in the rain.

“I sat in the dugout… with all the East Perth supporters,” he said.

“It was a really good day out because there was a lot of banter.

“Normally I’m on the boundary listening to the radio and not conversing with all the punters.

“The only time I got wet was walking from and back to the car.”

Wilkins’ best AFL photograph depicted Geelong Brownlow Medalist Patrick Dangerfield.