2015 PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize

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News-photo-prize-2015-winning-photo-horizontalThe 2015 PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize opened at Adelaide Perry Gallery on Thursday 23 April, in conjunction with a survey of work by noted Australian photojournalist and artist Narelle Autio, Stills Gallery, Sydney. With more than 200 entries received by the Gallery for display until 9 May, the opening event was brimming with students, parents and the wider College community, eager to see this year’s selection of young photographers’ responses to the theme Eyewitness. Prizes for Highly Commended in each section plus a First Prize for the overall winner were generously sponsored by PLC Sydney Foundation.

Special guest speaker, Walkley Award-winning photojournalist Ms Ella Rubeli made the official opening announcements. Ms Rubeli encouraged the girls to tell their story in what they do, speaking about her studies in photography at secondary school and later channelling her talent and knowledge of the medium into studies in journalism and media.

Awards were then presented to this year’s finalists. First Prize went to Christina Ruoff of Year 10. In her entry entitled Simple Humanity (pictured above) Christina bravely places herself in the midst of an everyday event to capture an image that records with reverence an ordinary moment in people’s lives. Of the work she said "I was inspired to capture the contrasting people in today’s society as time constantly pushes and pulls us through strangely exciting situations and experiences."

On behalf of PLC Sydney Foundation Mrs Lisa Tomlinson-Alonso congratulated this year’s entrants and expressed the organisation’s pleasure in being involved with the event.

Art and Design Captain, Unjelique Hajjar, closed the proceedings with presentations of thanks on behalf of PLC Sydney to Ms Rubeli and Mrs Tomlinson-Alonso.

Prize winners (Highly Commended) by section, 2015 PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize:

 Pre-Kindergarten – Year 2:      Lily Rofail 
 Years 3–6   Claudia Meaney
 Transition   Eleanor Taylor 
 Years 7– 8   Brianna Neowhouse
 Years 9–10   Megan McConnell
 Years 11–12   Nicola Leggat

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