His photo of the Volvo B12B Bayside coach driving past the Parliament house is a perfect combination of a Volvo bus and an iconic Australian landmark. Anthony’s photo of the classic Volvo Grenda bus was also selected runner-up in the competition.
”I was surprised to find out that I had won and then that I had won in both categories. Both of the photos I took were memories of buses that I had driven,” said Anthony.
The top prize includes a $1000 Westfield shopping voucher and an exclusive Volvo Bus merchandise pack. Anthony Allen’s photo will also grace the cover of the 2014 Volvo Bus Australia calendar.
Launched this February, participation to the Volvo Buses photo competition closed on the 30th of June. With a view of celebrating the over 40 year presence of Volvo Bus in Australia, the competition received over 200 submissions and more than 40,000 pageviews of the competition site making it a success.
”The photo competition has been a fun way to relive our over four-decade-long history in Australia. We are happy with the response to the competition and the Volvo Bus memories that people have shared with us”, said Sean Copeland, General Manager of Volvo Bus Australia.
Photos submitted by Paul Lancaster, Lisa Cooke, Hayden Ramsdale, Derek Flannery, Gavin Rufus, Zack Harrison, David Copley, Robert Rachwal, Adam Jones and Steve Wilson have been chosen as the other 10 runner-ups. They will each receive a $250 shopping voucher and Volvo merchandise pack.
”The winning photo of the Bayside Coach was taken on a sunny Sunday afternoon as it was on tour in Canberra. I had driven the coach before and knew it was going to be sold, so I wanted to take a photo of it”, said Anthony.
Currently working for a transportation service in Canberra, Anthony has remained closely involved in the bus industry. He previously drove buses for current Volvo customers, Ventura and Bayside.
”The runner-up photo of the 1977 B58 Volgren bodied Grenda bus is a good representation of Volvo’s 40 year history in Australia. There are still many older modelled Volvo B10M buses running, which is a good indication that the product is both high quality and appealing to the driver,” said Anthony.
”I haven’t yet decided what I will do with the prize money. Perhaps I will upgrade my camera and buy something nice for my partner,” said Anthony.
Volvo Bus Australia would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone for participating.