Katoomba artist Max Howe has been named one of 30 finalists in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
Howe has had many jobs over the years - working in a coal mine, for trade unions and on a tugboat - and is not a professional photographer.
"I have always had an interest in photography, secondary to the visual arts," he said.
The first-time entrant was surprised to be named a finalist.
"I didn't anticipate to get in. From the semi-final to final was very surprising," the 68-year-old said.
He took the shot near United Cinemas in Katoomba on a Spring evening.
"The road split in two and it almost says two things. There are two directions - you can go one way or the other," Howe said.
"Things aren't as they appear. There's always a reading between the lines. Something is behind the ordinary."
The 30 finalists were selected from more than 3000 entries. The winner will be announced on May 7.