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Coast uni students vie for a place photo competition
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.
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.