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Winners of 2015 photo competition announced

[23 November 2015]

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition.

The competition, now in its fifth year, invited children living in the bush to submit photos depicting ‘looking after the rangelands’.

Rangelands NRM Chief Executive Officer Dr Gaye Mackenzie said the competition attracted 140 photo entries from 51 individual students from all five Schools of the Air – Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Port Hedland and Kimberley.

‘The kids have taken some great shots to show different aspects of how our rangelands can be cared for,” Dr Mackenzie said.

The overall first prize of a Nikon Coolpix P610 Digital Camera goes to Hannah C (Year 6) from Kalgoorlie School of the Air. Hannah’s image ‘Fence Regeneration’ impressed all of the judges by showing the contrast between land that has been cleared of stock and been allowed to regenerate to that which is still being grazed.

‘The fence allows regeneration to occur because we are keeping stock out of the paddock so the blue bush can regrow,” Hannah wrote.

Runner up was Aidan, a Year 3 student from Carnarvon School of the Air. Aidan’s photo ‘Bird’s Eye View’ also captures how stock management can keep good ground cover. He will receive a Fujifilm FinePix XP80 compact camera.

‘The competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness of natural resource management and further involve our next generation of land managers in having pride in our rangelands landscapes and our regional communities,” Dr Mackenzie said.

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 Communications Manager Teresa Belcher said a special thanks also goes to all the 2015 Sponsors.

‘We are very appreciative of the continued support of Swish Design, SciTech and the Johnson Family for 2015,” she said.

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

All kids who entered the competition receive a USB wristband 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 2014-15 Annual Report. A 2016 Calendar will also be produced.
Prize winners are as follows:
1. Overall First – Hannah C (Year 6 KalSOTA) ‘Fence Regneration’








2. Overall Second – Aidan (Year 3 CSOTA) ‘Bird’s Eye View’







Lower Primary
1. First – Dusty (Pre-Primary PHSOTA) ‘My Peaceful Place’
2. Second – Will (Pre-Primary KSOTA) ‘Poddy Calves at Sunset’
3. Third – Joshua (Year 2 MSOTA) ‘Dingo Skull






Highly Commended (Finalists) – Darcy M (Year 2 CSOTA) ‘ In Flight’, Griffin (Year 1 CSOTA) ‘Variety of Tracks’, Pearl (Pre-Primary CSOTA) ‘Moon over River’, Charlie (Year 2 CSOTA) ‘Spider Web’, Daemon (Year 1 KSOTA) ‘Water Fun’, Will (Pre-Primary KSOTA) ‘Myroodah Mulla Mulla’ and Ben (Year 1 KalSOTA) ‘Lizard’s Log


Middle Primary
1. First – Jakob (Year 3 MSOTA) ‘Love the Rangelands’
2. Second – Jorja D (Year 4 KalSOTA) ‘Sandstone Bushfire’
3. Third – Erin (Year 5 KalSOTA) ‘Iron Stone’






Highly Commended (Finalists) – Rosalynd (Year 4 CSOTA) ‘Coondle Paddock’, Bill (Year 3 KSOTA) ‘Birds’, Jakob (Year 3 MSOTA) ‘After the Rain’, Tess (Year 3 KSOTA) ‘Blossoming’, Ali (Year 3 MSOTA) ‘Creatures Great and Small’, and Mitchell (Year 4 CSOTA) ‘Bull’


Upper Primary
1. First – Sam (Year 7 CSOTA) ‘King of the Nest’
2. Second – Pippa (Year 6 KSOTA) ‘Brumby Run’
3. Third – Lee (Year 6 KalSOTA) ‘Camouflaged Owls’




Highly Commended (Finalists) –  Lee (Year 6 KalSOTA) ‘ The Rebirth in the Making’, Wes (Year 7 KSOTA) ‘Black Cockatoos – Don’t Drink it All’, Alexander (Year 6 PHSOTA) ‘Pelican Watch’, Hannah C (Year 6 KalSOTA) ‘The Cycle of Life’, Zi (Year 6 PHSOTA) ‘Akubras on Fire’ and Wes (Year 7 KSOTA) ‘Desert Dancer – After the Fire’



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 WA is a not-for-profit, non-aligned, community-based organisation which aims to facilitate collaboration and best practice in environmental management for land managers who want to achieve good natural resources outcomes. For more information about Rangelands NRM and their projects, visit http://www.rangelandswa.com.au

Thanks for the following organisations for their generous support:

2015 Sponsors: the Johnson family, Swish design and Scitech