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Winners of outback kids’ photo competition announced

Media Release

7 November 2014

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Kaz Collins School of the Air Photo Competition.

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

Rangelands NRM Chief Exectuive Officer Dr Gaye Mackenzie said the competition attracted 156 photo entries from 53 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 the different colours in nature and on the land,” Dr Mackenzie said.

The overall first prize of a Nikon Coolpix P600 Digital Camera goes to Jakob (Year 2) from Meekatharra School of the Air. Jakob’s image ‘Sunset at the Lake’ impressed all of the judges by showing some amazing colours of red, orange and yellow over a lake.

Runner up was Adriel, a Year 3 student also from Meekatharra School of the Air. Adriel’s photo ‘Golden Road’ captures the bright sun on a road with dark rain clouds. He will receive a Fujifilm FinePix XP70 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 2014 Sponsors.

‘This year Gaia Resources and ChemCentre were Gold Sponsors, the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC) was a Silver Sponsor and Swish Design, SciTech and the Johnson Family were Bronze Sponsors,” she said.

‘We’ve got some fabulous prizes including a digital camera, a compact camera, science kits, books, Snapfish vouchers, gorillapods and frizbees,” Ms Belcher said.

All kids who entered the competition receive a fold up frizbee and a certificate.

All winning photos can be viewed on the Rangelands website. Some of the images will appear in our 2013-14 Annual Report and a 2015 Calendar will also be produced.

[Download PDF of winners and finalists]


Prize winners are as follows:
1. Overall First – Jakob (Year 2) MSOTA ‘Sunset at the Lake’

2. Overall Second – Adriel (Year 3) MSOTA ‘Golden Road’

Lower Primary

1. First – Will (Kindy) KSOTA ‘Cockatoos’
2. Second – Zoe (Year 1) KalSOTA ‘Outback Shadows’
3. Third – Josh (Year 1) MSOTA ‘Swans’


Highly Commended (Finalists) – Finn (Pre-Primary ) CSOTA ‘Coastal Sunset’, Lachlan (Year 2) MSOTA ‘Odd one out’, Laney (Kindy) CSOTA ‘Sunset at the Trees’, Pepper (Year 2) KSOTA’The Waterhole’, Will (Kindy) KSOTA ‘Ant Parade’, Zoe (Year 1) KalSOTA ‘Rock Stack’

Middle Primary

1. First – Ethan (Year 4) MSOTA ‘Everlasting Flower’
2. Second – Eric (Year 3) KSOTA ‘Dingo at Waterhole”
3. Third – Hannah (Year 5) KalSOTA ‘A Frog in a Bog’


Highly Commended (Finalists) – Alexander (Year 5) PHSOTA ‘Clouds in the Spinifex’, Alexander (Year 5) PHSOTA ‘Nature Meets Man’, Eric (Year 3) KSOTA ‘Fire! Fire!’, Hannah (Year 5) KalSOTA ‘Barbed Emu Feathers’, Kale (Year 5) PHSOTA ‘River Crossing’, Lance (Year 3) PHSOTA ‘Blades in the Flames’

Upper Primary

1. First – Simon (Year 6) MSOTA ‘Lizard up Tree’
2. Second – Sophie (Year 7) KalSOTA ‘Roe Plain Sunset’
3. Third – Courtnee (Year 7) MSOTA ‘Four Sisters’


Highly Commended (Finalists) –  Dane (Year 6) CSOTA ‘Sunday Sailing’, Georgie (Year 7) KalSOTA ‘Upper_Rock Web’, Georgie (Year 7) KalSOTA ‘Colour During Rain’, Kasey (Year 6) MSOTA ‘Peaceful Paradise’, Mick (Year 6) KalSOTA ‘Sweet Reflections’, Rope (Year 6) KSOTA ‘After the Wet’, Sophie (Year 7) KalSOTA ‘Morning Dew’


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 WA is a not for profit, non-aligned community-based group 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:


Teresa Belcher, Communications Manager
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9468 5253
Mobile: 0488 594324
Email: teresab@rangelandswa.com.au