Con­test puts fo­cus on wild­flow­ers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | News - Karen Hunt

BOYUP Brook Dis­trict High School stu­dents honed their skills in the class­room on Fri­day be­fore head­ing out to take shots for the Bloom­ing Wild Fes­ti­val’s pho­tog­ra­phy con­test.

Vic­to­rian tu­tor Phil Wil­liams led the work­shop, one of the first held in the War­ren-Black­wood re­gion as part of the fes­ti­val, which pro­motes wild­flow­ers and tourism.

The work­shop cov­ered pho­tog­ra­phy ba­sics in­clud­ing fo­cus, use of light, com­po­si­tion and the “wow power” that makes the su­per shot all pho­tog­ra­phers strive for.

He en­cour­aged stu­dents not to look at just the big pic­ture but to zoom in and fo­cus on de­tails that could make for a unique shot.

“From here we’ll be go­ing out into the bush to fo­cus on wild­flow­ers to find a col­lec­tion of what we call in the pro­gram ‘su­per shots’,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“We are go­ing to find su­per shots from right across the re­gion from Nan­nup down to Pem­ber­ton and North­cliffe.”

Each stu­dent re­ceived a Flora Foto Fest pass­port to col­lect shots to en­ter in the con­test. The best im­ages will be se­lected by a panel in­clud­ing coun­cil of­fi­cers and ex­hib­ited in Nan­nup in Oc­to­ber as part of Chil­dren’s Week and pub­lished on greet­ing cards, Mr Wil­liams said.

They will also be shown at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Flower and Gar­den Show.

The Bloom­ing Wild Fes­ti­val, which runs from Septem­ber 3 to Novem­ber 19, was de­vel­oped to pro­mote tourism in the re­gion in the wake of the dev­as­tat­ing North­cliffe fire in 2015.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val, visit www.bloom­ing­

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Boyup Brook Dis­trict High School stu­dent Ge­orge Din­ni­son, 14, gets tips from pho­tog­ra­phy tu­tor Phil Wil­liams as part of the Bloom­ing Wild Fes­ti­val’s pho­tog­ra­phy con­test.

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