In 1999 while Victor Bray was collecting his 4th national Top Doorslammer championship the Bray family and their farm received its biggest ever win 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize at the National Tomato Championships. During the late 1990's and early 2000 the Bray family collected many awards at local exhibitions including best tomato 5 years in a row.
Fast forward to 2012 and the Bray name has returned to the Queensland show's competition seen with entries in the photography via Victor's daughter and Team Bray Racing's photographer, Kelly Bray-McClennan.
The South east Queensland shows including Caboolture, Lawnton and the Ekka receives around 24,000 entries across 20 major categories each year. The Queensland shows recruit nationally and internationally recognised experts for each competition area to ensure the highest standard of judging.
Kelly submitted a total of 8 images and came away with 3 highly commended. awards.
"Mum, Dad and some friends have said to me on lots of occasions I should enter a competition but I did not think my work would be good enough but now I have and with some success I starting to think about next year's entry. It was really good on the presentation night the judges spent time explaining how to make an entry better.
"Now I feel like I ten years old again because I am already looking forward the EKKA next year and it is 11 months away."
Victor Bray, the patriarch of the Team Bray racing operation, was plenty proud of his daughter.
"I am very proud of what Kelly has achieved with you photographer, she loves her cameras.
"One of the images was me doing a burn out in Adelaide, what can I say but great subject choice. I guess I can look forward to seeing a new lens or camera body on Kelly's Christmas list this year. Love your work Kel."
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