• A Moment of Reflection. Photo: Jason Freeman.
    A Moment of Reflection. Photo: Jason Freeman.

A gorgeous photo of a lone reed sticking out of the still waters of a river in Victoria has won the May online photo comp.

Jason Freeman of Melbourne take home an Osprey pack thanks to our good friends at Outdoor Agencies and he takes five with Great Walks.

GRW: Tell us about the photo. What was it about the setting that made you think it would make a great shot?
This shot of a lone reed in the Thurra River was taken during a winter trip to Croajingalong NP. It's near a great camping area that gets busy over summer, but can be very peaceful off-season. No wind and some warm afternoon light created some mood and gave plenty of opportunities for reflection – both in the water and in contemplation.

GRW: What's your earliest bushwalking memory?
I grew up with camping holidays near Geelong, learning some skills during scouts but it was not until high school where I learnt how to explore the hills with a pack. It was tough work at first but I soon learned to love the challenges and rewards.

GRW: Who is your favourite hiking buddy and why?
I have to say my wife, Cheryl. She's patient with my extended photo stops too!

GRW: Where is your favourite place to hike in Australia and why?
I've hiked a lot around the upper Howqua Valley. It's easy to access from Melbourne and there are plenty of routes along rivers, up and down spurs, across exposed ridges and above the tree line. Sunrise on the Crosscut Saw should be on every hiker's bucket list.

GRW: What's on your hiking bucket list?
The Laugavegur in southern Iceland – it's only a 3-5 day trek, but the unique volcanic landscape, especially around Thórsmörk, is jawdropping.

You can see more of Jason's photos here and make sure you enter the June photo comp. The theme is panoramas. For ideas and inspiration click here or to upload your photo click here.

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