Young regional shutterbugs capture WA outback

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VideoSome of WA's best young regional photographers have been awarded for their stunning captures of the WA outback.

Students from across the WA outback have been busy snapping away to highlight the extraordinary natural world they call home.

The eighth annual Kaz Collins School of the Air photo competition received 146 entries from 46 individuals representing each of the five schools.

Port Hedland School of the Air year five student Jessica Percy’s shot of a rainbow bee-eater snacking on a dragonfly earned her the overall first prize for the competition.

Carnarvon SOTA student Stanley Hammarquist, 8, was named runner up for her striking pink mulla mulla photo.

Rangelands NRM chief executive Debra Tarabini-East said the competition was an opportunity to raise awareness of natural resource management and showcase the diversity of plants and animals.

“At Rangelands NRM, we are working with land managers in the rangelands, to manage our biodiversity and protect the environments in which they live,” she said.

“It’s great that the kids are already thinking about these topics at such a young age.”

Prizes included cameras, science kits, books, games and a certificate.

Winners - overall

1st - Jessica Percy, 11, Port Hedland SOTA

Breakfast on a branch.
Camera IconBreakfast on a branch. Credit: Jessica Percy.

2nd - Stanley Hammarquist, 8, Carnarvon SOTA

Pink mulla mulla fireworks.
Camera IconPink mulla mulla fireworks. Credit: Stanley Hammarquist.

Winners - lower primary

1st - Isabelle Kimberley SOTA

Pigeon on a branch.
Camera IconPigeon on a branch. Credit: Isabelle Taylor.

2nd - Eliza Meekatharra SOTA

Pretty little termite mound.
Camera IconPretty little termite mound. Credit: Eliza Pumpa.

3rd - Macie Everitt, 6, Port Hedland SOTA

Native wildflower.
Camera IconNative wildflower. Credit: Macie Everitt.

Winners - middle primary

1st - Ella Smith, 8, Carnarvon SOTA

Camera IconDotterel. Credit: Ella Smith.

2nd - Zy Child, 10, Carnarvon SOTA

Greenback turtle.
Camera IconGreenback turtle. Credit: Zy Child.

3rd - Ben Campbell, 9, Kalgoorlie SOTA

Sleepy dog.
Camera IconSleepy dog. Credit: Ben Campbell.

Winners - upper primary

1st - Kiera Hallen, 11, Kimberley SOTA

Boab in the moonlight.
Camera IconBoab in the moonlight. Credit: Kiera Hallen.

2nd - Dylan Haseason-Smith, 11, Carnarvon SOTA

Hawk eye.
Camera IconHawk eye. Credit: Dylan Haseason-Smith.

3rd - Lachlan Hall, 12, Meekatharra SOTA

The painted bug.
Camera IconThe painted bug. Credit: Lachlan Hall.

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