Students' Photographic Prize Winner Announced


Image 1: Art and Design Captain, Vanessa Li (Year 12), Ariana Galanos (Year 10), Louise Whelan and Mr Mark Hetherington at the Students’ Photographic Prize 2017.
Image 2: Ariana Galanos’ award winning photograph 'Technology and Tradition'.


Generously supported by PLC Sydney Foundation, the 2017 PLC Students’ Photographic Prize exhibition opened on Thursday 27 April at Adelaide Perry Gallery. Sydney artist Louise Whelan, whose captivating portrait works are now on display in conjunction with the event, was in attendance to present this year’s crop of young photographers with their awards.


The theme put to students for this year’s competition (Home: Family, Heritage, Self) was inspired by Ms Whelan’s recent series Australians All and African Australians which colourfully capture the cultural diversity and personal histories that enrich contemporary Australian suburbia. 


In her opening remarks, Ms Whelan congratulated the students for their interpretation of the theme and spoke about her experiences as a portrait photographer, describing anecdotally how the medium and the generous participation of her subjects has given her a unique window on contemporary life in Australia.


On behalf of the students and staff at PLC Sydney, Art and Design Captain, Vanessa Li (Year 12) warmly thanked Ms Whelan for her attendance and participation in the annual exhibition.


Highly Commended award winners and recipients of $50 art supplies vouchers were:


  • Pre-Kindergarten–Year 2: Sophie Lukin, Kindergarten
  • Years 3–6: Lauren Coumbiadis (Year 4)
  • Years 7–8: Catherine Chen (Year 7)
  • Years 9–10: Miriam Ly (Year 9)
  • Transition: Lauren Webber (Year 11)
  • Years 11–12: Victoria Hu (Year 12)
  • Photographer’s Choice Award Miriam Ly (Year 9)

The Overall Winner and recipient of a $200 art supplies voucher was Ariana Galanos (Year 9) for her photograph Technology and Tradition. A fine group portrait, Ariana’s composition playfully juxtaposes ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ in her photograph, documenting a relatively new photographic phenomenon – the taking of a ‘selfie’– where the sitters are dressed elaborately in centuries-old traditional dress. Congratulations Ariana!


'I thought this one was funny, interesting because my sister and her friends are dressed in traditional Greek costume and they were taking a selfie. Pretty sure they didn't take selfies like this 50 years ago!' Ariana


The PLC Sydney Students’ Photographic Prize, in conjunction with Photography by Louise Whelan, continues 8.30 am to 4.00 pm weekdays until 12 May and 11.00 am to 3.00 pm Saturday 13 May (at PLC Sydney Open Day and Fair).
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