Ashdale Secondary College student wins Act-Belong-Commit Schools PhotoVoice Awards


Divyesh Varsani with his winning PhotoVoice entry.
Divyesh Varsani with his winning PhotoVoice entry.

AN Ashdale Secondary College student recently won the Act-Belong-Commit Schools PhotoVoice Awards.

Divyesh Varsani (15) came first in the awards, announced at an exhibition night at Curtin University’s John Curtin Gallery on October 12.

His description of his entry called for people to “stand in front of all problems. Stronger than the sun, stronger than anyone. Act towards all problems and commit to resolve them. Play any sport you like and belong to it. Act, belong, commit!!!”

The judges were all impressed with Divyesh’s image.

“The photo shows a young man putting darkness behind him and facing the positive in his life, it’s bold and courageous” one judge said.

Another said it was a “powerful mental health message” that mentioned “a combination of things contribute to mental health and wellbeing”.

PhotoVoice saw students from partnered Mentally Healthy schools take photographs of things that help them keep mentally healthy, and add a ‘voice’ to their image to describe what it meant to them and their wellbeing.

More than 50 students, family members and school staff attended the awards night.

“It’s great to see so many students involved in the competition and sharing what keeps them mentally healthy through photography expression,” school program coordinator Phoebe Joyce said.

The exhibition is free to the public and open until October 29.

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