2019 Schools Photo Competition prizegiving and exhibition

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Competition judge Graham Gall presents the schools award for UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
Competition judge Graham Gall presents the schools award for UCSSC Lake Ginninderra

The Friends Annual Photographic Competition for primary and secondary school and college students is now in its 23rd year. The exhibition of 2019 entries was opened on Saturday 2 November in the ANBG Visitor Centre, and prizes awarded to winners in five categories.

The competition was judged, and the prizes awarded, by Graham Gall and Jim Gould of the Friends Photographic Group.

The competition is open to any student attending an Australian primary, high school or college. Entries can be submitted individually or through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This is the first year that the competition has been open to primary school students.

The competition has a number of categories and cash prizes are awarded for places in each category. Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C) certificates are also awarded.

Additional awards are given to the photographic departments of the school/college of each first and second prize winners. There is also one People’s Choice award, to be awarded at the end of the exhibition, and one Rangers’ award (over all categories).

Further information about the competition and entries will be posted once available.

Primary: Monochrome

1st Banksia Alyse Rooney Hawker Primary


Primary: Colour

1st House Made of Sticks Samuel Wagner Aranda Primary
2nd Butterfly Breeze Lily Werner Aranda Primary
3rd Floral Firework Hugo Potter Maribynong Primary


Secondary: Monochrome

1st Monochrome Bird Ky Trotter Canberra College
2nd Sun Baking Erin Duncan Canberra High School
3rd Fading ln Thomas Price Canberra College
4th Shell Isobelle Laing Telopea Park School
5th Monochrome 2 Jared Parsons Dickson College


Secondary: Colour

1st Sweden Riley Wilson Canberra High School
2nd Looking at Me Netti Nguyen Canberra High School
3rd Flightless Cameron Colebrook UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
4th Nature's Favourite Ellen Johnson Canberra High School
5th Foggy Love Imogen O’Brien Canberra High School


Secondary: Altered Reality

1st Dripping Bottle Brush Amy Lancaster UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
2nd Waltz of the Flowers Roberta Vagnarelli Canberra High School
3rd Virtual Nature Isabella Quan Erindale College
4th Cloudless Day Orange Sand William Loughton Canberra College
5th Waterwise Cameron Colebrook UCSSC Lake Ginninderra


Schools of first and second prize winners

Hawker Primary Primary: Monochrome – 1st
Aranda Primary Primary: Colour – 1st and 2nd
Canberra College Secondary: Monochrome – 1st
Canberra High School
Secondary: Monochrome – 2nd
Colour – 1st and 2nd
Altered Reality – 2nd
UCSSC Lake Ginninderra Secondary: Altered Reality – 1st


Seen at the prizegiving... a collage of images

Seen at the prize-giving...   (photos: Brian Moir)