Vic­tory is so tweet

Coast uni stu­dents vie for a place photo com­pe­ti­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

WIN­NING a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion was no cheep shot for Univer­sity of the Sunshine Coast stu­dent Olivia Kim­ber.

Olivia’s pho­to­graph of six fairy mar­tins at the edge of a pud­dle on cam­pus earned her first in the 2018 Ger­ard Mills Me­mo­rial Prize for Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy plus $1000 in case and a $500 voucher from Ted’s Cam­eras at Maroochydore.

The Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hon­ours) stu­dent snapped the busy birds be­tween the lakes on USC’s main cam­pus at Sippy Downs.

“It was af­ter the first rain we’d had in a while and the birds were splash­ing about in a pud­dle,” Olivia said.

“They were col­lect­ing mud for the nests they had built near the lake.”

She said the mi­gra­tory birds, who spend win­ter in Aus­tralia, weren’t wor­ried about her and she was able to get close to take the photo.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion be­gan last year in hon­our of USC Honorary Se­nior Fel­low Ger­ard Mills, who died in late 2016.

Mr Mills had spent al­most four years tak­ing more than 30,000 pho­tos of wildlife across the uni’s 100ha cam­pus, which is a flora and fauna re­serve.

His fam­ily mem­bers were on hand to present the award to Olivia and other place-get­ters at a spe­cial re­cep­tion at the USC Art Gallery.

Sec­ond prize went to Ber­nice Wood and third to Jes­sica Bet­tega for her photo of a graphic flut­terer drag­on­fly.

Photo: Olivia Kim­ber

HERE’S LOOK­ING AT YOU: Olivia Kim­ber's photo of fairy mar­tins won her the Ger­ard Mills Me­mo­rial Prize for Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ber­nice Wood's photo of a yellow grass but­ter­fly claimed sec­ond prize while Jes­sica Bet­tega's shot of a graphic flut­terer drag­on­fly came in third.

Pho­tos: Con­trib­uted

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