EDGEWATER resident Nathan Yaschenko’s attention to detail has seen him win the City of Joondalup’s 2018 Capture Nature Photography competition.
The 18-year-old’s stunning photo of a Variegated Fairy-wren, titled Black, Blue and Beautiful, was announced as the winner at a ceremony earlier today, taking home the $300 prize.
His caption read: “An exceedingly colourful Variegated Fairy-wren takes a break from his continual darting about to inspect the intruder on his residence.”
Judges said it was a difficult shot to capture ,which would have taken patience, and it had perfect composition and amazing quality.
Second place and $200 went to Duncraig Senior High School’s Rachael Janse Van Rensburg for Raindrop, while Ocean Reef Senior High School’s Lottie Deighton came third and received $175 for Curious Crustacean.
Fourth place and $125 went to Nicholas Fantini, from Greenwood College, for Goofy Goose.
The Capture Nature photography competition is held in support of World Environment Day on June 5.
Open to young people aged 12 to 18 years who either live or study in the City, this year’s competition attracted a record 189 photographers who were asked to submit an original image of a local beach, bush or wetland environment.
Entries were judged on creativity, composition and technique, message and relevance to the theme.
Mayor Albert Jacob said the “high calibre of entries” made it an “extremely challenging job” for the judges to decide an overall winner.