Living just a few hundred metres from the Port Kembla stack, Daniel Stefas was an appropriate winner of the Stack 360 photographic contest.
Mr Stefas entered four images in the Stack by Night competition and exhibition at Art Arena Gallery, one of which was chosen as the winner.
The exhibition was organised by the Stack 360 group, which wants to stop the stack's demolition and have it turned into a tourist attraction.
The exhibition featured photos taken during the series of evenings the group had arranged to light up the stack.
Mr Stefas said he was inspired by what he saw in his neighbourhood, which included the stack.
"It's just the things that people walk past and don't appreciate until they're gone," Mr Stefas said.
"So with the stack I thought I'd try and do it a bit of justice in case it gets knocked down. Because it is a part of my history as well."
Mr Stefas said he wouldn't like to see the stack demolished.
"I'm a bit disappointed - it's such a well-known icon in the area that I'm sure it's going to be missed," he said.
"I know I'm going to miss it. I am disappointed that it might come down and I think so are a lot of other people in the area."
Stack 360 organiser Wal Pritchard said there were at least 60 entries in the competition, which focused on the nights the group arranged for light projections on the stack.
Mr Pritchard said the idea for the exhibition came from the photographers themselves, after they'd asked for the stack to be lit up from the east so they could take photos from Hill 60.
Mr Pritchard said Mr Stefas's photo was taken from that location.
As well as the photos taken recently, Mr Pritchard said the Art Arena Gallery, in Market Street, Wollongong, was also displaying an array of historical photos.
"People are bringing in artworks and old photos, including prize-winning efforts, and we have had to set up a separate room to cater for these mementoes," he said.
"Among the most interesting is a set of photos taken from the top of the stack by a worker involved in its construction.
"There is not a view like this in Australia, unless you have wings."
As well as a certificate and trophy, Mr Pritchard said Mr Stefas's prize included the chance to take a photo from that same location.
"That is, if our efforts are successful in maintaining the stack as part of our history and part of our future in the Illawarra," he said.
And what is the prize if they can't save the stack and it comes down?
"We're not looking at alternative prizes. We're determined to save it," he said.