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Photography for Environmental Sustainability Competition winners

Friday, 17 June 2011

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Congratulations to ECU student photographers Colin White and Alexandra Engels who were announced as the winner and runner-up of this year’s Photography for Environmental Sustainability Competition.

The competition, run in conjunction with World Environment Day, invited ECU students to submit photos that showcase the principles and practices of environmental sustainability.

This is the third in a series of what is hoped will continue to be an annual competition and is the result of an engagement partnership between ECU and the Perth Centre for Photography.

Within ECU it is now a joint initiative between Marketing Services, Environmental Services, the Centre of Learning and Development and the School of Communications and Arts, designed to showcase the creative talents of our students and to promote environmental sustainability.

The photography competition comes out of research conducted by Associate Professor Rod Giblett into landscape and wilderness photography and Dr Juha Tolonen’s teaching of landscape photography.

The winners were announced at a special event on Thursday, 9 June at the official exhibition opening, run by Head of School Communications and Arts, Professor Clive Barstow, at the Perth Centre for Photography.

A total of 64 entries were received from over 20 student photographers.

Colin and Alexandra were presented with $700 and $300 vouchers at the official opening for their winning pieces, entitled 'Lights Out' and ‘Save 60’.

Dr Rowena Scott from the Centre for Learning and Development was invited to speak at the launch and praised the student artwork for its ability to communicate strong environmental messages.

“The environment is our strongest, most powerful teacher and I see this in many of these photographs. Our creativity is to be clever, to do great art, without wasting resources and energy. Our relationship with the environment is the first step, then the interconnections,” said Dr Scott.

“Communicating a message, embracing other cultures & being curious about what is around us are fundamental values & I see this in many of these photographs.”

Staff and students are invited to view the exhibition at the Perth Centre for Photography until Sunday, 3 July. 

A special thanks goes to Director of Marketing and Communications Services Centre, Julia Turner, for financially supporting the competition and Environmental Projects Officer, Trena Ward, who organised the publicity and the prizes.

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