20 July 2009: Unity is the theme of Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Pixel Prize this year, a photography competition open to high school students in Queensland, Victoria and NSW.
Launched this year, the competition has already received more than 200 entries in the three categories of People, Place and Digital Darkroom.
Year 11 student Daniel Gregoric, whose entry features a lively mosh pit at a local music festival, said he was hoping to eventually follow a career in photojournalism or commercial photography.
"In my photo, taken at this year’s Moonee Valley Youth Week Festival in Melbourne, the crowd is united in having a good time,” he said.
“I think it demonstrates the power of music to unite complete strangers, and the trust that the crowdsurfer has placed in those around him.”
Competition winners will share in the national prize pool of over $5000, attend an awards night, and have their winning photograph exhibited in a public gallery in each state as part of the Pixel Prize Exhibition.
Competition organiser Alex Brisbane said he was impressed with the fantastic response and high quality of submissions.
“Getting your work seen by other photographers, the public and people in the industry is a very important step in pursuing photography as a career or serious hobby,” he said.
The competition aims to encourage the use of photography as a means of expressing thoughts, feelings and opinions through a vastly dynamic and artistic medium.