Niderla joined fellow student Andrea Wood on the shortlist for the national award, which has whittled down more than 200 entries to just 60 finalists.
She said she had gone to see an exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre when she was a teenager and deciding she wanted to show work there.
‘I’ve gone along to visit the print awards over many years, but this year I felt ready to apply because after studying and being involved in many exhibitions I understand the proposal process now and the idea that I have to generate opportunities to develop and show my work,’ she said.
‘It has been great to take this work into a popular public gallery and an exhibition like the print award which has large numbers of visitors, and to share with people what we are doing at ECU.
‘It is good to know that the posters are going out into the world to possibly be pinned up, or kept in different ways, by visitors who choose to take one home with them.’