Na­ture in sharp fo­cus

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - 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 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing the five schools.

Port Hed­land School of the Air Year 5 stu­dent Jes­sica Percy’s shot of a rain­bow beeeater 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 show­case 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.”

Prizes in­cluded cam­eras, sci­ence kits, books, games and a cer­tifi­cate.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Percy

Break­fast on a branch.

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