Snap, Ju­lianne’s a win­ner

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

A day spent tak­ing pho­tos on a tram­po­line last sum­mer has paid div­i­dends for Ju­lianne Pi­mentel.

The Avon­dale Col­lege stu­dent won the high school sec­tion of Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity’s A Place to Be com­pe­ti­tion with a photo she took of sis­ter Adri­anne and brother An­gelo while on hol­i­day in Man­gawhai.

“We were just muck­ing around on the tram­po­line last sum­mer and had a com­pe­ti­tion to see who could do the best pose in the air,” she says.

“I was re­ally sur­prised and didn’t re­ally think I would win any­thing.”

Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity, who build homes for fam­i­lies that can’t af­ford them, en­cour­aged stu­dents and adults to en­ter pho­tos that showed their ideal place to be.

The judges com­mented that Ju­lianne’s photo is well thought out and she wouldn’t have had very long to cap­ture the shot.

While Ju­lianne has al­ways been in­ter­ested in photography, the year 12 stu­dent says she’s more likely to study law or film when she leaves school.

“I’ll fol­low it as a hobby, but not so much as a pro­fes­sion.”

The 16-year-old wasn’t the only Pi­mentel fam­ily mem­ber to taste suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion, with her dad David be­ing named run­ner-up in the open cat­e­gory.

“He heard we’d won first and then I found out. It was pretty weird.”

Ju­lianne and her school both re­ceived dig­i­tal cam­eras and print­ers as part of her prize pack.

Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity mar­ket­ing man­ager Lyn­ley Twyman says the or­gan­i­sa­tion ran the com­pe­ti­tion to cel­e­brate World Habi­tat Day, which hasn’t been com­mem­o­rated in New Zealand be­fore.

“It’s one way of en­gag­ing a whole range of peo­ple and the com­mu­nity. It shows how im­por­tant home is for them.”

Ms Twyman says the qual­ity of en­tries was fan­tas­tic be­cause the en­trants put plenty of thought into their sub­ject mat­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity visit www.hab itat.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

What a shot: Avon­dale Col­lege stu­dent Ju­lianne Pi­men­tal re­cently won first prize in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s A Place to Be photo com­pe­ti­tion.

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