On Victoria Day 1 July I was honoured with a 'VICTORIA DAY AWARD Ferntree Gully Electorate 2016'.
I was nominated by Ferntree Gully News. The citation read:
"Barbara Oehring is an internationally awarded photographer who lives in Ferntree Gully.
In 2009, when the community newspaper, Ferntree Gully News began publication, Barbara presented herself as a volunteer, offering to take photographs.
Since then her photos have appeared in every issue, greatly enhancing the liveliness and design of the paper.
Covering events for a newspaper is no small job. From a 6 am Dawn watch to a night-time CFA torchlight procession, in venues all across the Gully, Barbara has been there.
She has photographed people and places, birds and animals, portraits and crowd scenes, sports action shots, news pics and the beautiful landscapes of the Gully.
Photographing for Gully News is not her only volunteer work. Barbara has also made a specialty of photographing the events and artworks of local Indigenous Groups in Knox, regularly attending Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and other ceremonies.
Barbara is a worthy recipient of a Victoria Day Award and Ferntree Gully News is proud to nominate her."