High school students explore their world through photography
High school student Michelle Stevenson was one of twelve winners of the 2013 Australian Catholic University Pixel Prize with her photograph One Bright Light is Extinguished Every Four Days.
ACU's annual Pixel Prize photography competition recently challenged more than 400 Australian students to take a close look at their environment.
The competition was open to all high school students in Queensland, Victoria and NSW, and was designed to encourage the use of photography as a means of creative expression on a specific topic.
This year's theme was Visions of a Sustainable World. Michelle's winning photograph depicts the need for a sustainable solution around youth suicide.
Michelle said she learned about the Pixel Prize at her school, Gilroy Catholic College in NSW. "My photography teacher encouraged me to enter but I never thought I would win. The opening night was lovely and I liked meeting some of the other winners and participants and viewing everyone else's works," Michelle said.
Centre for Contemporary Photography's (CCP) Education Consultant Melissa Bedford judged the Victorian entries.
"While quite a few of the images present the exquisite beauty found in Victoria's wild places, others remind us what is at stake. Images of human intervention and our impact on the environment are a prevalent theme throughout the exhibition."
"Many of the photographs are documentary in style and offer personal insights about sustainable living in many different contexts – from wind farms to worm farms, from sacred spaces to apartment living in the inner city," Ms Bedford said.
Leading photographer Sandy Edwards judged the NSW entries and said that this year's Pixel Prize theme was important as it challenged traditional ideas about sustainability.
"My idea of what sustainability is has been expanded by many of the entries. The exhibition reveals a wonderful range of approaches to the subject, and offers great hope if these young artists are the thinkers and change makers of the future," Ms Edwards said.