Award winning photo is now a cover shot
When Deniliquin High School student Shelby Taggert (pictured) was looking for a way to cope with turmoil in her personal life, she turned to photography.
As well as dealing with the stresses that come with the HSC over the last 12 months, the 18 year-old has endured the separation of her parents and a temporary period of homelessness.
Evening walks would help Shelby clear her mind, as did photographing the sunsets.
Encouraged by her mother Kylie Davis, Shelby entered one of her sunset photos in the National Centre for Farmer Health 2018 photography competition.
It won her the secondary school competition, which asked for entries on the topic ‘ Looking after your wellbeing’, and the associated $100 prize.
Her winning photo has since been used by the Deniliquin Business Chamber as the cover for its 2019 Deniliquin Telephone & Business Directory.
The photo is simple but has a deep meaning behind it, depicting a Border Collie cross Kelpie glaring into the sunset on the farm ‘Allomay’, Deniliquin.
‘‘The photo is titled ‘Walk with my friends’,’’ Shelby said.
‘‘I was out for my regular walk and on that particular night the sunset was really nice. I saw the dog and thought, ‘wow, this would make a really good photo’.
‘‘I just like taking photos of the sunset — it’s pretty.
‘‘I prefer taking photos of the landscape and natural local environment compared to other backdrops because it gives me sense of home.
‘‘Photography is just a hobby for me. Most of the time my best pictures are randomly taken on my phone.’’
Shelby was required to provide a statement relating to her photo and how it related to the topic. She said it was based on her ‘‘home life’’.
‘‘I wrote about experiencing trauma and being isolated on a farm, homelessness and how walking improved my wellbeing.
‘‘It was a relaxing thing to do and taking photos was my release from it all.
‘‘Prior to everything happening I was actually taking photos of the sunrise.
‘‘I don’t know what made me change the different time of the day to photograph the sun but there’s a lot you can take away from both of them spiritually.’’
The chamber’s Deniliquin Telephone & Business Directory, produced by the PASTORAL TIMES, is now available to purchase. Books are $5 each.
Grab your copy at Deniliquin Newsagency & Bookstore in Cressy St, Deniliquin.