Gallery: Best of the Fest from Leader readers

FROM camels to cowgirls, buskers to an evening Tamworth skyline, there have been some amazing entries for our 2013 Best of The Fest photo competition.

While some snappers caught a sleepy visitor off guard, others captured all the fun and colour of Peel St, while others ventured out to the ABCRA rodeo finals with a bucking bull in focus.

With entries now closed, it’s up to the three judges to decide and they’re already casting an experienced eye over the 100 top entries.

The Leader chief photographer Barry Smith is sharing the vote with country music photographer John Elliott, and just for a twist, we’ve got country music star Aleyce Simmonds casting her vote as well.

Generally the one setting the style in front of the cameras, Aleyce said she was looking forward to checking out the entries and says for her, a great image combines a number of elements.

“It’s the setting, the expression and also the emotion displayed,” Aleyce said.

While a lover of portrait-style photography, Aleyce said she was also a fan of candid snaps and believed they fit the atmosphere of the festival.

Entries came from far and wide, reflecting the variety of visitors the festival attracts each year.

The top images will be published in The Northern Daily Leader on Saturday, February 9.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 8.

Poster wall in Tamworth during festival. Photo from Jamee Ovington in Gunnedah

Poster wall in Tamworth during festival. Photo from Jamee Ovington in Gunnedah

A tired festival-goer from Lucy Plowman.

A tired festival-goer from Lucy Plowman.

Warren Tadman took this lovely evening shot from the lookout.

Warren Tadman took this lovely evening shot from the lookout.

Anna Page took this cracking shot of a busking whipcracker down Peel St.

Anna Page took this cracking shot of a busking whipcracker down Peel St.

Dancing in the streets: always a good subject. Photo: Lee Carpenter

Dancing in the streets: always a good subject. Photo: Lee Carpenter

Linda Brice took this shot during Cavalcade.

Linda Brice took this shot during Cavalcade.

This tall lady was a popular choice for photographers down Peel St. Photo: Margaret Strange

This tall lady was a popular choice for photographers down Peel St. Photo: Margaret Strange

Jamee Ovington from Gunnedah took this shot of the famous Chook Man down Peel St.

Jamee Ovington from Gunnedah took this shot of the famous Chook Man down Peel St.

Belinda Holm of Tamworth took this great shot of Lee Kernaghan in concert.

Belinda Holm of Tamworth took this great shot of Lee Kernaghan in concert.

Old timers down Peel St discuss the talent. Photo: Bhavin Patel

Old timers down Peel St discuss the talent. Photo: Bhavin Patel

Greg Sheehan of Newcastle took this shot of the lady and the camel.

Greg Sheehan of Newcastle took this shot of the lady and the camel.

Another great shot from Jamee Ovington of Gunnedah of a bucking bull during the ABCRA rodeo at AELEC.

Another great shot from Jamee Ovington of Gunnedah of a bucking bull during the ABCRA rodeo at AELEC.

The giant Golden Guitar stretches into the sky, a popular sight for tourists. Photo: Lou Tait

The giant Golden Guitar stretches into the sky, a popular sight for tourists. Photo: Lou Tait

Rodeo riders aren't afraid to go pink for charity. Photo: Jane Lally

Rodeo riders aren't afraid to go pink for charity. Photo: Jane Lally

Belinda Holm called this one... Dreams Do come True, after a young busker got up stage with her idol Lee Kernaghan during the festival. Photo: Belinda Holm

Belinda Holm called this one... Dreams Do come True, after a young busker got up stage with her idol Lee Kernaghan during the festival. Photo: Belinda Holm

Rest on Smoky - these festival goers take a break on Peel St. Photo: Lee Carpenter

Rest on Smoky - these festival goers take a break on Peel St. Photo: Lee Carpenter

Cavalcade was a popular choice for photographers during festival. Photo: Linda Brice

Cavalcade was a popular choice for photographers during festival. Photo: Linda Brice

A tradesman at work down Peel St. Photo: Lou Tait

A tradesman at work down Peel St. Photo: Lou Tait

Melissa Chapman took this great action shot during the ABCRA rodeo.

Melissa Chapman took this great action shot during the ABCRA rodeo.

Neville Furner from Werris Creek took this great snap of a street performer down Peel St.

Neville Furner from Werris Creek took this great snap of a street performer down Peel St.

Looks like Chad Morgan? Patricia Betts thinks so - what do you think?

Looks like Chad Morgan? Patricia Betts thinks so - what do you think?

Festival goers head down Peel St. Photo: Lou Tait

Festival goers head down Peel St. Photo: Lou Tait

A camel takes a dose in the heat of the day. Photo: Nicholas Smith

A camel takes a dose in the heat of the day. Photo: Nicholas Smith