THE City of Joondalup received a record 179 entries in this year’s Capture Nature Photography Competition.
Photographers aged 12 to 18 who live or attend school in the City were encouraged to scour their local coastline, bushlands and wetlands to find the perfect shot to enter, along with a caption describing what the image means to them.
Duncraig Senior High School student Sophie Hart was announced the winner at an awards ceremony at the Joondalup Reception Centre on Wednesday night.
The 14-year-old won $300 for her image Finding Light, which captured a frog emerging from blades of grass into the sunlight.
Second place and $200 went to Charli Howard (14) from Lake Joondalup Baptist College, third place and $175 to Nathan Yaschenko (18), of Edgewater, and fourth place and $125 to St Mark’s Anglican Community School’s Georgia Davis (13).
Mayor Troy Pickard said the entries were “nothing short of outstanding”.
“Judges had a challenging time narrowing down the entries to 20 finalists and then selecting four prize winning images,” he said.
“I am in awe of the talent among our budding youth photographers, their interest in the natural environment and their patience to capture some rare and powerful images is both commendable and inspiring.”
The competition is held each year to recognise World Environment Day on June 5.