Third pho­tog­ra­phy win for Jai

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Jai Miller has won the Young Pho­tog­ra­pher com­pe­ti­tion in the Cairns Un­der­wa­ter Film Fes­ti­val for the third year in a row with a stun­ning pic­ture of man­groves.

The 7th an­nual film fes­ti­val was held on Satur­day night and raised over $20,000 for lo­cal marine char­i­ties and present award­win­ning un­der­wa­ter im­agery and film­mak­ing.

Jai Miller has been fol­low­ing his fa­ther’s foot­steps and splashing into lo­cal marine ecosys­tems cap­tur­ing pre­cious un­der­wa­ter mo­ments and this year en­tered sev­eral im­ages into the com­pe­ti­tion.

And he im­pressed the judges so much that he won both first prize for his over/un­der im­age of the man­groves and run­ner up for an im­age of a ju­ve­nile winged pipe fish cap­tured at Agin­court Reef.

‘‘It feels pretty good, I won for sec­ond prize a GoPro and first prize a cam­era pack­age,’’ he said.

‘‘I was back out on the week­end, the reef is pretty good and it’s fun tak­ing pho­tos, you get good re­sults some­times.

‘‘The man­groves were at Rus­sell Is­land. W went for a walk over the is­land and we saw this re­ally cool ecosys­tem, so dad and I de­cided to jump in and take some pho­tos.’’

Win­ning im­age for Jai Miller, who’s found the Reef a rich sub­ject

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