Won­ders of na­ture in School of the Air focus

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Tom Zaun­mayr

Stu­dents from across the WA out­back have been busy snap­ping away to high­light the ex­tra­or­di­nary nat­u­ral world they call home.

The eighth an­nual Kaz Collins School of the Air photo com­pe­ti­tion re­ceived 146 en­tries from 46 in­di­vid­u­als from the five schools.

Port Hed­land School of the Air Year 5 stu­dent Jes­sica Percy’s shot of a rain­bow bee-eater snack­ing on a dragon­fly earned her the over­all first prize for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Carnar­von SOTA stu­dent Stan­ley Ham­mar­quist, 8, was named run­ner-up for her strik­ing pink mulla mulla photo.

Ran­ge­lands NRM chief ex­ec­u­tive De­bra Tara­bini-East said the com­pe­ti­tion was an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and show the di­ver­sity of plants and an­i­mals.

“At Ran­ge­lands NRM, we are work­ing with land man­agers in the ran­ge­lands, to man­age our bio­di­ver­sity and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ments in which they live,” she said.

“It’s great that the kids are al­ready think­ing about these top­ics at such a young age.”

Win­ners - over­all

1st - Jes­sica Percy, 11, Port Hed­land SOTA

2nd - Stan­ley Ham­mar­quist, 8, Carnar­von SOTA

Win­ners - lower pri­mary

1st - Is­abelle Tay­lor, 7, Kim­ber­ley SOTA

2nd - El­iza Pumpa, 4, Meekatharra SOTA

3rd - Ma­cie Everitt, 6, Port Hed­land SOTA

Win­ners - mid­dle pri­mary

1st - Ella Smith, 8, Carnar­von SOTA

2nd - Zy Child, 10, Carnar­von SOTA 3rd - Ben Camp­bell, 9, Kal­go­or­lie SOTA

Win­ners - up­per pri­mary

1st - Kiera Hallen, 11, Kim­ber­ley SOTA

2nd - Dy­lan Hasea­son-Smith, 11, Carnar­von SOTA

3rd - Lach­lan Hall, 12, Meekatharra SOTA

Pic­ture: Zy Child

Green­back tur­tle.

Pic­ture: Ma­cie Everitt

Na­tive wild­flower.

Pic­ture: Ben Camp­bell

Sleepy dog.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Percy

Break­fast on a branch.

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