The winners of the Way Out West photography competition have been revealed, with five talented young photographers being recognised.  

Tarneit teenager Bhavna Nair took out the Grand Prize for her photo of water crashing below her, taken on a family trip to Lake Eildon.

The 14-year-old Tarneit P-9 student said she couldn’t believe it when she was named overall winner.

“I was completely shocked and just froze until my friend pushed me forward to go and collect the prize,” Bhavna said.

“I took the photo on my phone and it was just something that I saw on the day and thought looked really nice. The water was really blue. I didn’t need to do any editing of the photo.”

“Now that I’ve won this prize I’m taking more of an interest in photography.”

Bhavna’s photo was entitled Thalassophile, which means lover of the sea.

Wyndham City’s Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio holder, Cr Tony Hooper, congratulated Bhavna and all of the other winners of the annual competition.

“They say a picture is worth one thousand words, and the creations produced by the entrant’s in this year’s competition have proven that to be true.”

“They used light and composition in a magical way to bring their photos to life. They managed to tell stories with their photos, which is something that can take people years to achieve and they should all be very proud.”

“Bhavna took home a $500 JB Hi-Fi voucher for her efforts, while the winners of the other categories all took home $100 vouchers.”

“To see the level of skill and technical ability shown in some of the entries is really amazing. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Wyndham City’s Learning City portfolio holder, Cr Josh Gilligan, said the Way Out West photography competition helped young people learn new skills.

“Many of our entrants in this year’s competition, including our Grand Prize winner, had never tried photography before. Knowing that some of these young people have been inspired to pursue photography now is great,” Cr Gilligan said.

“The young people who call Wyndham home never cease to amaze me with how talented they are and how they can rise to any challenge. The entrants in this year’s competition have only added to this amazement.”

The other winners of the Way Out West photography competition were:

  • Best Black and White Image – Hunter Callaghan
  • Best Landscape – Fawaz Sevus
  • Best Use of Colour – Hunter Callaghan
  • Funniest Image – Katie Lewer

An exhibition of this year’s entries will now travel to each of Wyndham’s libraries, the Youth Resource Centre and the Civic Centre.

For more information visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wayoutwest or call 9742 0777. 

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