A former Riptide Magazine graphic designer and photographic contributor has taken out one of Australia’s most prestigious Photographic awards.

Trent Mitchell has won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and taken home $50,000 in prize money for his image Boy in Boat Hervey Bay.

The image, taken at controversial shark hunter Vic Hislop’s museum in Queensland’s Hervey Bay, shows a young boy sitting in a boat while playing with a smartphone while being surrounded by shark sculptures.

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Boy in Boat Hervey Bay. Photo by Trent Mitchell

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize was set up in 2007 as part of the Doug Moran National Prizes.

Entrants are asked to interpret ‘Contemporary life in Australia’, with an emphasis on Australian’s going about their day-to-day lives.

Mitchell had two photos become finalists in the competition, with his other photo being of Angourie surfer Laurie Towner riding a barrel in Shipsterns, Tasmania.

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The Tipping Point. Laurie Towner, Tasmania. Photo by Trent Mitchell

See more of Trent Mitchell’s work at http://www.trentmitchell.com/