Capture Nature: City of Joondalup natural talent on show

Charli Howard (second), Sophie Hart (first), Mayor Troy Pickard, Lisa Davis (on behalf of fourth-placed daughter Georgia Davis) and Nathan Yaschenko (third). Picture: Chris Kershaw
First place: Finding Light by Sophie Hart (14)
Second place: Take Me to the Sea by Charli Howard (14)
Third place: Afternoon Snack by Nathan Yaschenko (18)
Fourth place: Mama Bird and Three Hungry Little Snake Birds by Georgia Davis (13)
A Deceitful Sea Hare by Nicholas Fantini (16)
Hidden Beauty of Nature by Katherine Beard (16)
Looking Through Our Eyes by Georgia Kidd (15)
Sunset at Burns by Alexia Nuttall (14)
Colourful Damselfly by Callum Innes (15)
Yellow Gaze by Sam Hough (15)
Bees by Fayth Mayne (14)
Watermarks by Rica Olivenza (17)
Sheltering from the Rain by Mikayla Fernandez (15)
The River Runner by Brett Harman (14)
Starfish Hugging Algae Covered Rock by Liam Jensen (15)
On Patrol! by Cameron Davis (15)
Home by Akasha Webb (15)
Australia's Iconic Plant the Banksia in All its Glory Throughout its Stages by Samantha Wilson (14)
All Hail, it's the Wagtail! by Samantha Denehy-Johnson (13)
Capture Nature: City of Joondalup natural talent on show
This year's finalists with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Guest speaker, environmental educator and wildlife photographer Simon Cherriman. Picture: Chris Kershaw
First place winner Sophie Hart. with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Second place winner Charli Howard with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Third place winner Nathan Yaschenko with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Lisa Davis accepting the fourth place award on behalf of her daughter Georgia Davis with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw
 Akasha Webb from Kinross College with her image Home (top right). Picture: Chris Kershaw
Mikayla Fernandez from Prendiville Catholic College with her image Sheltering from the Rain (bottom left). Picture: Chris Kershaw
Fayth Mayne from Greenwood College pictured with her image Bees (top right). Picture: Chris Kershaw
Sam Hough from Ocean Reef Senior High School pictured with his image Yellow Gaze (centre). Picture: Chris Kershaw
Charli Howard (second), Sophie Hart (first), Mayor Troy Pickard, Lisa Davis (on behalf of fourth-placed daughter Georgia Davis) and Nathan Yaschenko (third). Picture: Chris Kershaw First place: Finding Light by Sophie Hart (14) Second place: Take Me to the Sea by Charli Howard (14) Third place: Afternoon Snack by Nathan Yaschenko (18) Fourth place: Mama Bird and Three Hungry Little Snake Birds by Georgia Davis (13) A Deceitful Sea Hare by Nicholas Fantini (16) Hidden Beauty of Nature by Katherine Beard (16) Looking Through Our Eyes by Georgia Kidd (15) Sunset at Burns by Alexia Nuttall (14) Colourful Damselfly by Callum Innes (15) Yellow Gaze by Sam Hough (15) Bees by Fayth Mayne (14) Watermarks by Rica Olivenza (17) Sheltering from the Rain by Mikayla Fernandez (15) The River Runner by Brett Harman (14) Starfish Hugging Algae Covered Rock by Liam Jensen (15) On Patrol! by Cameron Davis (15) Home by Akasha Webb (15) Australia's Iconic Plant the Banksia in All its Glory Throughout its Stages by Samantha Wilson (14) All Hail, it's the Wagtail! by Samantha Denehy-Johnson (13) This year's finalists with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw Guest speaker, environmental educator and wildlife photographer Simon Cherriman. Picture: Chris Kershaw First place winner Sophie Hart. with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw Second place winner Charli Howard with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw Third place winner Nathan Yaschenko with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw Lisa Davis accepting the fourth place award on behalf of her daughter Georgia Davis with Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Chris Kershaw Akasha Webb from Kinross College with her image Home (top right). Picture: Chris Kershaw Mikayla Fernandez from Prendiville Catholic College with her image Sheltering from the Rain (bottom left). Picture: Chris Kershaw Fayth Mayne from Greenwood College pictured with her image Bees (top right). Picture: Chris Kershaw Sam Hough from Ocean Reef Senior High School pictured with his image Yellow Gaze (centre). Picture: Chris Kershaw

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.