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