A DRAMATIC photo of a surfer riding a wave by photographer Peter Le Scelle was one of the winning entries in the eighth annual Act-Belong-Commit Rockingham Photo-Voice competition.
The competition attracted 380 entries with 103 finalists displayed in a three-week exhibition at the Gary Holland Community Centre.
Among them were pictures by Calais Gunton and Thomas Schubert, based on the themes of Act, Belong, Commit and getting outside to explore nature, respectively.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony by Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels last Wednesday.
“PhotoVoice encourages local Rockingham community members to take photos based on the theme Act-Belong-Commit that show what they enjoy doing to keep mentally healthy,” Cr Sammels said.
A total of 27 amateur photographers were acknowledged as winners across 13 different categories.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the judges had a tough decision with such a high quality of images and films entered, which can all be viewed on the City’s website.
“The standard of photography just gets better every year and it was wonderful to see such a wide range of ideas used to depict the theme of Act, Belong, Commit,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Congratulations to all of the winners.
“By sharing their personal approach to mental health, they have contributed to the essential community-wide conversation about how important it is for everyone to stay mentally healthy.”
This was the second year the competition also included a short film category for high school students.
PhotoVoice Category Winners
12 years and under, Modified
1st – Wills Hart – Monkey Mia Dolphin
2nd – Nicola Dunkham – Ladder
3rd – Mia Powell – Leschenault Inlet Old Jetty
12 years and under, Non-Modified
1st – Noah Dugouchet – Many Hands Make Light Work
2nd – Riahna Savin – Many Steps Make Light Work
3rd – Bradyn Janssen – Eye Through the Rock at My Brother
13-17 years, Modified
1st – Thomas Schubert – Into the Woods
2nd – Thomas Schubert – Another Star in the Sky
3rd – Jacob Lyle – Contemplation
13-17 years, Non-Modified
1st – Jacob Lyle – It’s Ok
2nd – Hannah Ireland – Fun in the Sun
3rd – Hannah Ireland – I Can See You
Student Workshop – Abilities
1st – Brett Harris – Ready to go for my First Snorkel in the Ocean
2nd – Trent Page – 1940’s Batman
3rd – Pare Tuhaka – Sue and the Pool
Student Workshop, Modified
1st – Calais Gunton (South Coast Baptist College) – Football Club WA
2nd – Jonathon Blackmore (Rockingham Senior High School) – Lonely Boy
3rd – Janikah Turner (South Coast Baptist College) – Dancing Balls
Student Workshop, Non-Modified
1st – Calais Gunton (South Coast Baptist College) – Act-Belong-Commit in the Sand
2nd – Laura Mostyn (South Coast Baptist College) – There’s Nothing like a Day on the Beach
3rd – Janikah Turner (South Coast Baptist College) – Friends
18 years and over, Modified
1st – Barry Lunn – A Helping Hand
2nd – Melissa Hunter – Free Spirits
3rd – Jacquie Duffus – Play Date
18 years and over, Non-Modified
1st – Peter Le Scelle – Committed by Nature
2nd – Steph Moses – Outdoors Inner Child
3rd – Paris Mitchell – Learning To Swim
Amanda Lucks – Rain, Sun or Shell (Adult, Modified)
Bodhi Jeffery – Hiking With Dad (Student Workshop, Modified)
Tara Johnston – Family Isn’t Always Blood (Student Workshop, Modified)
Short Film Winner
TAGE Production (Safety Bay Senior High School) – What Does Act-Belong-Commit Mean?