Award ceremony for the 21st Friends of the ANBG Schools Photographic Competition

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Winner's ribbons on one of the panels of entries at the 2017 exhibition
Winner's ribbons on one of the panels of entries at the 2017 exhibition

On Saturday 28 October the Friends hosted a lively ceremony in the Theatrette to award the prizes for the 21st Schools Photographic Competition. Many students were present, along with their families and teachers. See the list of prizewinners.

The competition is open to students from Years 7 to 12 in Australia, which means that schools visiting Canberra from interstate are welcome to participate. The Friends see the competition as an excellent opportunity for students to become aware of the value and beauty of the Gardens and, by exercising their photographic skills, to share that beauty with others.

There were 280 entries from 12 schools.  All photos must be taken in the Gardens and feature some aspect of the Gardens such as plants, wildlife, scenery, and people enjoying the Gardens.  There are three categories of entry:

  • Colour
  • Monochrome
  • Altered Images - a category used for images that have been manipulated digitally or in dark room processing

This year Ms Helen McFadden of the Canberra Photographic Society judged the entries. There were five prizes in each category and awards for Commended and Highly Commended. Prizes were also awarded for the schools of the first and second place-getters in each category. The big winners were Canberra College and Dickson College.

And there is a Peoples’ Choice award of $50, with the count done at the end of the exhibition. There are voting forms and ballot box in the gallery.

The photographs are all displayed in the Visitor Centre and will be on exhibition there until Sunday 12 November. Hurry along and vote for the Peoples’ Choice!