Cessnock VIEW Club wins 'risque' category in VIEW's Fabulous Fountains photo competition

FUN: Cessnock VIEW Club's winning entry in the Fabulous Fountains photo competition at the VIEW National Convention. Picture: Anne-Louise O'Connor
FUN: Cessnock VIEW Club's winning entry in the Fabulous Fountains photo competition at the VIEW National Convention. Picture: Anne-Louise O'Connor

A Calendar Girls-inspired photograph has won Cessnock VIEW Club a national award.

The cheeky snap – taken at Kirkton Park, Pokolbin – was entered into the VIEW National Convention’s Fabulous Fountains photo competition.

The competition received 60 entries, which were divided into six categories – and the Cessnock club took out the ‘risque’ category.

Cessnock club member and zone councillor Anne-Louise O’Connor – who took the winning shot – said the idea of the competition was to promote not only VIEW Clubs of Australia but also the new VIEW Umbrellas and have some fun.

“VIEW Clubs were invited to take part and create an awareness of VIEW by finding a location with a fountain and to dress like they were having fun frolicking with their new umbrellas,” she said.

Ms O’Connor said the Cessnock club’s photo evolved as the members wanted to have fun and to be a bit different with a ‘Calendar Girl’ look (inspired by the 2003 film that tells the true story of a group of women in their 50s and 60s who produced a nude calendar to raise funds for leukaemia research).

“The challenge I had taking the photo was to make the girls look like they had nothing on, but I can guarantee all were dressed behind those umbrellas!” Ms O’Connor said.

The winners were announced at the 2017 VIEW National Convention in Tamworth in September.

Seven members of the Cessnock club were among the 500 VIEW ladies who attended the conference, which included an address from The Smith Family CEO, Dr Lisa O’Brien and Learning For Life student Ryan Doughty, who is in his third year of a Bachelor of Criminology degree.

VIEW (which stands for Voice, Interest and Education of Women) raises funds for The Smith Family to support 1215 Learning For Life students across Australia. 

CONNECTIONS: Cessnock VIEW Club members (back) Sandra Rumbel, Betty Cordowiner, Anne-Louise O’Connor, Jan Ryan and Linda Tuhega, and at front, Kay Elder and Billie Mills, at the national convention in Tamworth in September. Picture: supplied

CONNECTIONS: Cessnock VIEW Club members (back) Sandra Rumbel, Betty Cordowiner, Anne-Louise O’Connor, Jan Ryan and Linda Tuhega, and at front, Kay Elder and Billie Mills, at the national convention in Tamworth in September. Picture: supplied

Cessnock VIEW Club meets at Cessnock Leagues Club on the third Thursday of the month at 10.30am. Call call Kay on 4991 3899 for inquiries.