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Winners announced for 2016 kids’ outback 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.

‘Working in the rangelands’ was the theme of the competition this year, now in its sixth year.

A total of 111 photo entries were received from 36 individual students from all five Schools of the Air – Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley.

The overall first prize goes to Madison (Year 6) from Meekatharra School of the Air. Madison’s image ‘March In’ is a photo she took when she went in the helicopter at ‘yard up’. It shows cattle being mustered into the yard by a number of vehicles.

Runner up was Will, a Year 1 student from Kimberley School of the Air. Will’s photo ‘Under the Boab Bridge’ captures stock being worked in the rangelands under a number of boab trees.

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 encourage the children to think about different aspects of ‘work’.

“Entries showed different interpretations of this theme, from cattle mustering, sheep shearing and station equipment to shots of historical buildings and equipment, as well as animals such as bees ‘working’,” Dr Mackenzie said.

Rangelands NRM would like to thank Swish Design, 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 2015-16 Annual Report. A 2017 Calendar will also be produced.

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

Winning Photos:

Overall 1st – Madison Yr6 MSOTA ‘March In’


Overall 2nd – Will Yr1 KSOTA ‘Under the Boab Bridge’




Lower Primary

1st Lower – Grace Yr 1 PHSOTA ‘Dad and the Calves’

2nd Lower – Ty Yr2 KalSOTA ‘Wagon Wheels’

3rd Lower – Sam Kindy KSOTA ‘Old Quarters’


Middle Primary

1st Middle – Emily Yr 5 CSOTA ‘After Fixing the Mill’

2nd Middle – Jakob Yr4 MSOTA ‘Early Morning Windmill Run’

3rd Middle – Billy Yr4 KSOTA ‘Control Burning’



Upper Primary

1st Upper – Alannah Yr7 KalSOTA ‘Chopper and Truck’

2nd Upper – Lee Yr7 KalSOTA ‘Reflections of the Day’

3rd Upper – Zi Yr7 PHSOTA ‘Windmill Man’


* High resolution images are available




The photo competition was the idea of Rangelands NRM Landcare Coordinator Kaz Collins 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 (2,266,000 sq km) of WA’s land mass, and 75 per cent of the coastline. www.rangelandswa.com.au