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Media Release: Results out for School of the Air kids’ 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.

‘Plants and Animals in the rangelands’ was the theme of the competition in 2018, now in its eighth year.

A total of 146 photo entries were received from 46 individual students from all five Schools of the Air – Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley.

The overall first prize goes to Jessica (Year 5) from Port Hedland School of the Air. Jessica’s image ‘Breakfast on a Branch’ shows a rainbow bee-eater eating a dragonfly for breakfast.

Runner up was Stanley, a Year 2 student from Carnarvon School of the Air. Stanley’s photo ‘Pink Mulla Mulla Fireworks’ is a close-up shot of some Mulla Mulla flowers, which look like fireworks.

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 and 4) and Upper Primary (Years 5 and 6).

Rangelands NRM Chief Executive Officer Debra Tarabini-East said the competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness of natural resource management and, this year, to showcase the diversity of plants and animals in the WA rangelands.

“At Rangelands NRM, we are working with land managers in the rangelands, to manage our biodiversity and protect the environments in which they live,” Ms Tarabini-East said.

It’s great that the kids are already thinking about these topics at such a young age,” she said.

Communications Manager Teresa Belcher thanked 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,” she said.

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

All winning photos can be viewed on the Rangelands website http://www.rangelandswa.com.au/. A 2019 Calendar will also be produced.

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


Winning Photos:

Overall 1st – Jessica, Year 5, PHSOTA ‘Breakfast on a Branch’


Overall 2nd – Stanley, Year 2 CSOTA ‘Pink Mulla Mulla Fireworks’


Lower Primary

1st Lower – Isabelle Year 2 KSOTA ‘Pigeon’

2nd Lower – Eliza P Kindy MSOTA ‘Pretty Termite Mound’

3rd Lower – Macie Year 1 PHSOTA ‘Native Wildflower’


Middle Primary

1st Middle – Ella S Year 3 CSOTA ‘Dotterel’

2nd Middle – Zy Year 4 CSOTA ‘Greenback Turtle’

3rd Middle – Ben Year 4 KalSOTA ‘Sleepy Dog’



Upper Primary

1st Upper – Kiera Year 5 KSOTA ‘Boab in the Moonlight’

2nd Upper – Dylan Year 5 CSOTA ‘Hawk Eye’

3rd Upper – Lachlan Year 6 MSOTA ‘The Painted Bug’


* 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 a natural resource management organisation that oversees 85% (220 million hectares) of the State of Western Australia. This area includes the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Shark Bay, the Ningaloo Coast and the Bungle Bungle Range forming part of Purnululu National Park and other spectacular natural sites such as Karijini National Park, Roebuck Bay and the Great Western Woodlands. Rangelands NRM works alongside and in collaboration with the people in the Western Australian rangelands (outback) who manage our our natural resources—our water, soil, plants and animals; developing programs to protect and preserve the region’s biodiversity and protect the habitat of our threatened fauna and flora, and improve land management practices and sustainability.  We bring diverse land managers–pastoralists, ranger groups, government agencies, industry, mining and community groups–together to enable collaboration, form alliances and partnerships so more effective long-term environmental changes can be achieved. Rangelands NRM supports the development of small community groups and Indigenous Rangers providing for a long-term investment in the environment by those that live, manage and work our land.