The photographic talents of high school students from across the state are on display at an exhibition showcasing their interpretation and understanding of marine conservation issues.
The students, from Years 9 to 12, were asked to capture the essence of the theme “ecologically sustainable development in marine and coastal environments” as part of the inaugural Marine Conservation Student Photo Competition.
Organiser David Maynard said he was pleased with the quality of the entries and aimed to make the competition an annual event.
“We received multiple entries from 10 schools across the state and the standard of the entries certainly made judging no easy task. It was difficult to select winning and runner-up entries for each of the five categories,” Mr Maynard said.
“The competition winning entry, Ecosystem Under Threat, by Year 9 Launceston student Nicholas Pearce was chosen due to its combination of quality photographic skills and excellent interpretation of the threat that climate change and invasive species pose to Tasmania’s biodiversity.
“Casey Piket of the Friends School, Hobart, was competition runner-up. Casey’s beautiful photograph, A Coastal Connection, depicted yachts and sailors at sunset and was backed up with an interpretation of the social values our community derives from the sailing fraternity.
“It was fantastic to see a group of young Tasmanians learn about and become engaged with an issue that is of increasing relevance to our island state. How we use, manage and conserve our coastal environmental assets will be a major factor to our future wellbeing and prosperity.”
The winner was presented with a $1400 digital SLR camera plus a framed enlarged print of their photograph. Prizes were awarded to all category winners and runners-up.
The exhibition runs until 28 October at the University of Tasmania’s NEW Gallery, Education Building foyer, Newnham. Free admission.
The Marine Conservation Student Photo Competition is an initiative of AMC’s National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability.
It is supported by a number of community groups and businesses including major sponsor NRM North, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Northern Tasmania Camera Club, the Australian Maritime College and the University of Tasmania.
Photo: Competition winner Nicholas Pearce receives his prize from National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability Director, John Purser.