WARWICK Goddard says he was simply in the right place at the right time to capture the mesmerising image that won our Living in CQ photographic competition.
The photo shows the bow of his kayak piercing the stillness as the rising sun breaks through fog on Hedlow Creek.
Warwick said it embodied three things that he loved - photography, kayaking and the beautiful Hedlow Creek.
The photo scored the highest number of reader votes (41%) of the 10 competition finalists.
Sandi Brown's image showing storm clouds gathering over a walking track was second and Alana Read's lone fisherman casting a line from the beach was third.
Warwick, an avid amateur photographer from Rockhampton, said it was the first time he had won a photographic competition.
It earned him two nights' accommodation for two people at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.
Warwick plans to give the prize to his niece Sofia Martinez and her fiancé Brendon Rosel, who are getting married on August 30.
"They're battling young Aussies who are deeply in love," he said. "They can't really afford a honeymoon so I would like to give it to them if I can."
Warwick took the prize-winning photo on his Nikon AW120, which was a birthday present from his daughter.
It is among more than 10,000 he has taken of Hedlow Creek in the past two years.
Warwick said the digital age had made photography affordable and provided a medium through which he could share his work.
"I'm not interested in social media but I got on to Facebook to be able to publish my photos because there is no point taking a photograph unless somebody sees it," he said.
"The thing I love about photography is just capturing the moment, the absolute relaxation and the ability just to turn off and let nature take its course."