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William Thorne (Year 6) has been awarded first place in the Years 3-6 age group in the 2019 Chevron Focus Environment Photography Competition. William’s photo, ‘Southern Giants of a Different Nature’, won the Sustainability in WA category and features a stunning landscape of the wind turbines in Albany taken on a family holiday.

“I thoroughly enjoyed our family holiday in Albany and found the sheer size of the wind turbines astounding,” said William. “The contrast between the natural environment and the turbines in the late afternoon was very picturesque.”

Entering the competition since 2015, William has received a place for his photos each year. However, this year he struck gold with first place.

William said the angles of the turbines and the changes in lighting created some challenges in taking the photo but also gave him lots of opportunities to capture an impactful photo.

“I tried a number of different angles in both landscape and portrait format.”

“The image changed too as the sun was going down, throwing different lighting on the landscapes and turbines. I then went through these on my computer to pick the one I liked the most,” added William.

The competition encourages WA students to explore the state’s biodiversity through the camera lens and aims to help increase young Australians’ awareness of the world around them and the importance of caring for and protecting the environment.