Benn Tudor Roberts entered his photo, called 156, in the Canon Light Awards last year and won the student category in June.
Last month he was named the overall student winner for 2015, receiving the prize of a trip for two on a Namibian photography safari in September.
His submission to Jackie Ranken’s brief on ‘high key’ photography last year involved picking leaves and arranging a composition on a table indoors.
“I set up the camera on my tripod and I got a blank table and laid everything out,” he said. “It took several hours to pick all the leaves and organise it by size and arrange it.
“I wanted to show my connection to nature (and) how I see the world in terms of patterns and textures and colours.”
Mr Tudor Roberts said he was currently studying advertising and graphic design at Curtin University, and hoped to incorporate photography into his career.
“I got my first camera when I was 11; been doing it more seriously in the last five years,” he said.
“It’s progressed from more of a hobby to hopefully a career.”
The nature photographer said he was excited about his first trip to Africa and keen to see the wildlife there, as well as learning from professional photographers.
“They will be supporting me with my skills and supporting me with the gear as well,” he said.
Kinross resident Corey Kirwen, of Mindarie Senior College, won the student category in May for Memories reflected in forgotten halls (pictured right).