Posted by on 20 August 2012 | 0 Comments
We are delighted to announce the winners of our Photo Competition for 2012.
The competition was open to students who are currently on exchange and also those who have recently returned from the exchange programs.
A big thank you must go out to everyone who participated.
The Top 3 are as follows:
First Place is awarded to Cassie Beltran. Cassie submitted a number of high quality pictures but the one which was selected as the best was ‘Isabelle and I’
She explained: “These are the wonderful photos from my fantastic time in France, I learnt so much about there culture and family life. It was the most amazing time I've ever had in my life meeting this beautiful family Jean-Louis, Isabelle, Marie and Milanie. I also learnt a lot about the country which is wonderful. I would strongly recommend going on exchange its one of the most wonderful thing you will ever do and if I had another chance to go again I would take that chance 100%. I keep in contact with my host family around twice a week. I have just returned from visiting them for the second time and my host sister has actually come out to Australia to stay with me for 4 weeks. Its wonderful and I can’t wait to go back over there.”
Second place goes to Rhys Schofield for his photo ‘Rêves’.
He explained "You'll experience highs and lows, develop a love for a new culture and come to further appreciate your own. Knowing this experience and its challenges are growing you into a stronger human-being makes this so much more than a holiday!"
Third Place is awarded to Penny for her tea leaf picking photo taken in Japan.
Penny said ''"My exchange… Where do I start? I think I should start with how much I have grown as a person, maturity wise and also in my independence (I traveled to Japan alone!) Since I have been here I have learnt more than I ever thought my brain could take. Before I came to Japan I didn’t really know Japanese so the moment I got off the plane was like a slap in the face, but one that I had asked for and wanted. Within a month I felt like I was home. I had friends, the best host family anyone could ever ask for and was used to Japanese life. I love learning the culture differences and visiting places that are unique to Japan. I am now half way through my exchange and I feel as if I understand the language and the people here. This has been the best experience of my life, words can't even explain, the only thing I can say is come and see for yourself!!”
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated.
A special mention and thanks to the following students who made the short list: Holly Muscat, Elliot Bowyer, Jack Branagan, Laura Roberts and Sam Tolomei. It was very hard picking the top 3 this year, as the standard and quality of images was extremely high.