2018 PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize

 Generously supported by PLC Sydney Foundation, the 2018 PLC Students’ Photographic Prize exhibition opened on Thursday 3 May at Adelaide Perry Gallery. On show in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporising the Modern - Photography from the Russell Mills Foundation, courtesy of Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), the exhibition was officially opened by Chair of the Foundation Ms Alexandra Mills.
Inspired by the icons of Australian photography that comprise the Russell Mills Collection, the theme put to students for this year’s competition was ‘Shadows and Shapes in Spaces and Places’. The brief called for bold, contrasting compositions and PLC Sydney students rose to the challenge.

In her opening remarks Ms Mills congratulated the students for their interpretation of the theme and, paraphrasing the great American photographer, encouraged students to consider the advice of Dorothea Lange: ‘Bring the viewer to your side, include him or her in your thought. He or she is not a bystander. You have the power to increase their perceptions and conceptions.’ Ms Mills also spoke about the Russell Mills Foundation founded by her late uncle, an avid art collector, which aims to support organisations that promote the arts in Australia and those that promote the dissemination and discussion of public policy ideas and those about equity and integrity. 

On behalf of the students and staff at PLC Sydney, Gallery Curator Mr Mark Hetherington warmly thanked Ms Mills for her attendance and participation in the annual exhibition.

Highly Commended award winners and recipients of a $50 art supplies voucher in each of the six sections were:

  • Pre-Kindergarten - Year 2: Sofia Ferlito, Year 2
  • Year 3 – Year 6: Alyssa Hur, Year 5
  • Year 7 – Year 8: Sienna Haigh, Year 7
  • Year 9 – Year 10: Sienna Pasin, Year 10
  • Transition: Alexandra Jury, Year 11
  • Year 11 – 12: Eva He, Year 11
  • Photographer’s Choice Award: Jennifer Turner, Year 12

The Overall Winner and recipient of a $200 art supplies voucher was then presented to Siena Colosi, Year 4, for her photograph Shadow in My Ride. Siena uses light and the repetition of shapes and pattern found in the urban environment to create an elaborate and visually interesting image.

The PLC Students’ Photographic Prize, in conjunction with Contemporising the Modern – Photography from the Russell Mills Foundation, continues 8.30 am – 4.00 pm weekdays until 23 May and 10.30 am – 3.30 pm Saturday 12 May (PLC Open Day & Fair)


Above: Mrs Melissa Watters Deputy Head of Junior School, Mr Mark Hetherington, Sienna Colosi Year 4, Mrs Deryn Smyth Head of Junior School and Ms Alexandra Mills at the opening of the PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize exhibition.


Above: Sienna Colosi’s award winning photograph Shadow in my Ride