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Media Release: Outback kids’ take a shot at photo competition

Results are out for this year’s Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition run by Rangelands NRM for children living in the outback of Western Australia.

‘People in the rangelands’ was the theme of the competition in 2017, now in its seventh year.

A total of 103 photo entries were received from 34 individual students from all five Schools of the Air – Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley.

The overall first prize goes to Jack (Year 1) from Port Hedland School of the Air. The image ‘Daylight homestead yards’ shows an image that Jack took from a drone of the homestead yards as the sun rose.

In his entry, Jack says “stockmen start their day early when it is coolest for the cattle.”

Runner up was Regina, a Year 3 student also from Port Hedland School of the Air. Regina’s photo ‘Overseeing the yards’ captures an image from the walkover ramp, giving a good view of the animals at the end of the day.

The competition awarded a first and second overall prize and a first, second and third for the age groups Lower Primary (Kindy, Pre-Primary, Years 1 and 2), Middle Primary (Years 3, 4 and 5) and Upper Primary (Years 6 and 7).

Rangelands NRM Chief Executive Officer Dr Gaye Mackenzie said the competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness of natural resource management and, this year, to encourage the children to think about different people who live and work in the rangelands.

“At Rangelands NRM, we are all about people—working with diverse land managers in the rangelands, and encouraging different individuals, groups and organisations to work together to achieve bigger and better outcomes,” Dr Mackenzie said.

“Enteries show different interpretations of this theme, from cattle mustering, sheep shearing, relaxing, playing and having fun,” Dr Mackenzie said.

Rangelands NRM would like to thank Studio Elementa, SciTech and the Johnson Family for their continued support of the competition.

“We’ve got some fabulous prizes including a digital camera, a compact camera, science kits, books, games and fun items,” Communications Manager Teresa Belcher said.

All children who entered the competition receive a small gift and a certificate.

All winning photos can be viewed on the Rangelands website http://www.rangelandswa.com.au/. Some of the images will appear in our 2016-17 Annual Report. A 2018 Calendar will also be produced.

For more information, contact: Teresa Belcher, 0488 594 324, teresab@rangelandswa.com.au


Winning Photos:

 Overall 1st – Jack, Year 1, PHSOTA ‘Daylight homestead yards’

Overall 2nd – Regina, Year 3 PHSOTA ‘Overseeing the yards’

Lower Primary

1st Lower – Nathan Yr1 CSOTA ‘Mud monsters’

2nd Lower – Blake Pre-Primary CSOTA ‘Sam trucking cattle’

3rd Lower – Stanley Yr1 CSOTA ‘Georgie digger’



Middle Primary

1st Middle – Kyla Yr3 CSOTA ‘Bulls playing’

2nd Middle – Ali Yr5 MSTOA ‘Evening shift’

3rd Middle – Jessica Yr4 PHSOTA ‘Head stockmen’




Upper Primary

1st Upper – Preston Yr7 PHSOTA ‘Tom Price Draft’

2nd Upper – Lesley Yr6 CSOTA ‘Roads disperse’

3rd Upper – Max Yr7 KalSOTA ‘Loading sheep’








* High resolution images are available



The photo competition was the idea of Rangelands NRM Landcare Coordinator Kaz Collins (née Johnson) who was tragically killed in a car accident in July 2012. With the support of Kaz’s family (the Johnson Family), the competition will be an ongoing event in memory of Kaz and her contribution to the rangelands.

Rangelands NRM

Rangelands NRM is an independent, non-political and not-for-profit organisation. Consequently, it is in an ideal position to create space for groups to talk, grow and build processes to work together to address NRM issues facing the rangelands of WA. With the WA rangelands covering 2.5 million square kilometres, Rangelands NRM operates in the largest of the 56 NRM regions in Australia, responsible for around 85 per cent of WA’s land mass, and 75 per cent of the coastline. We connect, coordinate and deliver to build a better connectcion and real impact. www.rangelandswa.com.au