Fo­cus is on Cal­lan’s win

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FERNDALE res­i­dent Cal­lan Shiel has gone from cap­tur­ing pho­tographs to cap­tur­ing awards after he was named the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy’s Stu­dent Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

A FAM­ILY re­union pro­vided the creative spark Cal­lan Shiel needed to be named Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (AIPP) Stu­dent Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

The Ferndale res­i­dent claimed the award after ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the high­est ag­gre­gate score from his three sub­mit­ted pho­tos.

Shiel turned the lens on his own fam­ily for two of the pic­tures: one a strik­ing por­trait of his grand­fa­ther, the other a jar­ring, hor­ror-themed shot of his sis­ter.

The Lyn­wood Se­nior High School grad­u­ate said the pic­tures had gone down well with his fam­ily and both sub­jects were happy with the re­sults.

“My grandad was over from Queens­land so I wanted to use him and wanted to do a por­trait of him, and it went from there,” he said.

“The other one, I wanted to do a hor­ror-themed one and my sis­ter was avail­able, so I got my mum to drag her through the hall­way.

“I like ei­ther the re­ally low key – the dark stuff – or the re­ally high key, the two op­po­site ends of the scale.”

Shiel has big plans for the fu­ture, hav­ing started his own free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness to run along­side his pho­tog­ra­phy stud­ies at Tafe.

The 18-year-old said it was more than a hobby and he was al­ways on the look­out for in­ter­est­ing pho­tos.

“I do a lot of street pho­tog­ra­phy of­ten. I’m al­ways look­ing for com­po­si­tions – ei­ther scenes peo­ple would look good or in­ter­est­ing in or in­ter­est­ing peo­ple who would make a good pho­to­graph,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d487104

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d487104

Cal­lan Shiel (18), of Ferndale, is the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Stu­dent Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

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