YEAR 11 student Harman Singh Heer has captured the top photography prize at the 2017 Mesh at Murdoch Awards.
The St Stephen’s School Carramar student won the best photographic series category with his stunning shots, which he took while on safari in Africa to showcase wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Murdoch University School of Arts awards recognise the talents of Year 10 and 11 students in areas such as photography, creative writing and graphic design.
The judges said Harman impressed with his stunning collection of documentary photography.
“Each image was able to capture a natural moment with beautiful lighting and strong composition,” the judges said.
Since migrating to Australia from Kenya with his family four years ago, Harman has sharpened his photographic skills.
“Ever since (we migrated) we’ve just been visiting family going back (to Kenya) every holiday,” he said.
“I go to the wildlife parks and just take photos.
“Once we had a cheetah climb our car. It was a bit scary but it was cool.”
Harman said he and his family were “over the moon with his win”.
“My mum is really happy about it, she’s really stoked.”
St Stephen’s School Carramar head of arts Lesley Nation recommended Harman enter the competition.
“I had taught him for media for the past year, as well as seeing his outstanding entries to the photography competitions over the years and I knew his body of work was incredible,” she said.
Ms Nation said she was “extremely proud” of Harman’s achievement, which she described as “a feat that is very rewarding to witness as teacher”.
Harman’s dream is to become a photographer for National Geographic, allowing him to travel the world and continue to capture striking photographs of wild animals.