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Winners announced for 2016 kids’ outback photo competition

Media Release

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’.

‘Enteries 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.

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