The Friends run an annual photographic competition for high school and college students, which is now in its 17th year. We see this as a great way to encourage young people to express their appreciation of Australian native plants through artistic creativity. In doing so, young photographers have an opportunity to explore and enjoy these wonderful Botanic Gardens – the world’s most comprehensive collection of Australian cultivated plants.
The competition is open to students of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
The competition consists of six categories
- High School Black and White
- High School Colour
- College Black and White
- College Colour
- Open – People in the Gardens
- Open – Digital / Photographic Effects
Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. An additional award is given to the photographic department of the school/college of each first-prize winner.
The prizewinners for the 2013 competition were announced on Saturday, 16 November.
The winners of the competition are as follows :
High Schools Black and White
Stuart Coan, Canberra High School (Picture 1)
High Schools Colour
Michael Turnbull, Canberra High School (Rising)
College Black and White
Rowan McGuiness, St Clare’s College (Garden Seat)
Darcey Lewis, St Claree’s College (Flora Beauty)
Open – Altered Images
Muhaimin bin Mohammed, Canberra College (Kangaroo in the Glass)
Open – People in the Garden
Noah Styles, Canberra College (Hiding)
All photos are on display in the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from 15 November until 12 January, 2014. Prize-winning photos are retained by the Friends, and displayed for some time afterwards (usually in the Dickson Room).