Kids focus on nature
West Australian school students have excelled once again in an annual photographic contest which celebrates WA’s unique biodiversity and helps young people to appreciate the natural environment as well as better understand the importance of protecting and managing it.
Participants from across the State could submit up to six photos in the Chevron Focus Environment competition but no more than two in any of the three categories: WA’s Native Species, Sustainability in WA, and WA’s Habitats and Ecosystems.
Captions and photos together should convey a meaningful environmental message, so judges consider both elements equally when determining who the winners should be.
Students from kindergarten to Year 12 snapped an awesome array of shots, hoping to secure a first, second or third place in one of the four age groups
Winning students and their schools shared $25,000 prize money. Congratulations to all winners and special mentions to Perth Modern School whose students won four prizes, and to John Calvin Christian College Armadale, South West John Calvin Christian College and Walliston Primary School, which had three award winners each
See the majority of winning pictures and captions are published in ED! Magazine (November 10, 2020 edition), or on the Yagan Square Digital Tower at 1:15 and 6:15pm daily between November 10-24.
Check out the winning images below:
Harry Butler Award
Professor Lyn Beazley believes this photo is the most interesting to look at because the personalities of the birds shine through.
“Capturing three different species in the one photo is quite remarkable,” Professor Beazley says. “I think this is the shot that Harry would have chosen.”
The image shows three different species — the tawny frogmouth, Australian raven and honeyeater — sharing the same environment.
According to Professor Beazley, they can do this because they all utilise different parts of it.
“The raven and honeyeater are diurnal (active during the day) whereas the tawny frogmouth is nocturnal (active at night-time), which explains his apparent frustration at being woken up during the day,” she says.
“Having different diets further allows them to co-exist in the same environment. The raven is an opportunistic carnivore — even eating the eggs of the tawny frogmouth — whereas the honeyeater and tawny frogmouth are nectarivorous and insectivorous, respectively.
“Thinking about what might be happening in this photo is also quite humorous. The raven appears to be annoying the tawny frogmouth, quite possibly being the reason it woke from its daytime sleep. The tawny frogmouth looks to be trying to summon up the patience to deal with this annoying intruder. Meanwhile, the honeyeater is wisely staying out of the confrontation listening in from a safe distance.”
WA’S NATIVE SPECIES, Years 11-12, 1st place / Harry Butler Award
Kyle Berlingeri, Dianella Secondary ESC
COMPLETELY NATIVE: I’ve captured the tawny frogmouth, the raven and the honeyeater all in one photo. All three are native to Australia. Ravens are known predators to the frogmouth for their eggs.
Lyn Beazley Encouragement Award
Professor Lyn Beazley is a passionate advocate of the natural environment. These awards acknowledge students who demonstrate a connection with WA’s biodiversity and also show promise in their ability to express themselves through photography.
Judges chose the following students as winners of this year’s Lyn Beazley Encouragement Award:
- Christian Pelle, Year 11, West Coast Secondary ESC
- Claire Dzieciol, Year 12, West Coast Secondary ESC
- Coby Whitehead, Year 4, Quinns Rocks Primary School
- Ethan Chew, Year 10, West Coast Secondary ESC
- Josh Atkinson, Year 9, West Coast Secondary ESC
- Kaisah Glare, Year 10, West Coast Secondary ESC
- Oscar Portwood, Year 1, Mel Maria Catholic Primary SJP Campus
- Seth Cook, Year 10, West Coast Secondary ESC
Chevron Australia is proud to support the Chevron Focus Environment competition as a way of raising awareness among students about protecting and managing the environment.