Entries are now open for Wyndham’s 7th annual Way Out West Youth Photography Competition and Exhibition!

Wyndham City’s Libraries and Youth Services invite local young people to enter their best photograph to be in the running to win 1 of the 6 prizes up for grabs. Entries are open until 4pm Monday, 30 May 2022.

Learning City portfolio holder and Deputy Mayor Cr Jasmine Hill said: “The Way Out West competition is open to all young people aged between 12 and 25-years who live, work, study or recreate in Wyndham.”

“Photography is such a creative and personal and emotional expression; and each photo tells a story. This is a great way to do something productive, creative and showcase their photography skills.”

“I’m so excited to see what young people in Wyndham can create with their cameras or their phones, and I encourage everyone to take part in this great competition. Who knows, it could even lead to a career in photography.”

The Way Out West Photography Competition features a number of different prize categories including: the Way Out West Prize (image that best captures life in Wyndham), Best Landscape, Best Portrait, Best Black and White Image, Best Use of Colour, and of course the overall winner; ‘Grand Prize’ based on content and artistic merit. Entrants are encouraged to submit images using the prize categories as creative prompts.

Winners will be announced at a special exhibition opening at 6.30pm on Thursday 14 July 2022, held at the Point Cook Library. The exhibition will feature the work of all entrants.

Council’s Creative City portfolio holder, Cr Marcel Mahfoud, said: “This is a great opportunity for budding photographers and local creatives to make a mark and gain recognition for their creativity, and at the same time explore the many wonders of Wyndham.”

“There are plenty of prizes up for grabs including $500 for the overall winner.”

“A series of free photography workshops are being held at the Point Cook Library, run by photographer Anu Kumar, with the first one on Monday 2 May 2022. So, it is a great opportunity to learn new techniques.”

The first workshop will be an introduction to photography, covering the basics of photography, including lighting and composition. This will be followed by a 7-week program that will help participants build foundational skills and create a portfolio of work.

For more information and to enter please visit: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wayoutwest

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