KATERINA Poniris has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Moran Contemporary National Photographic competition and the Bulahdelah Central School student couldn’t be prouder.
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“I am very shocked, but very excited that my photograph has been selected, it is such an honour to be recognised at this level,” she said
Katerina’s work is amongst 25 photographs which made the final round of the contest in the Year 9-10 student category, selected from thousands of entries from across the country.
The Year 10 student said she captured her photograph titled ‘Something About Phil’ during a family trip to Seal Rocks.
“It was a completely natural shot,” she said.
“I saw the opportunity and there was good lighting, Phil didn’t even realise I took the picture.”
The young photographer has a folio bursting with thousands of photographs which clearly show her eye for capturing unique details.
Katerina told News Of The Area a good picture “is about lighting, composition and idiosyncrasy”.
“Everything has the potential to make a good image, it is all about capturing that moment in time that will never again be repeated,” she said.
Katerina is currently studying photography as an elective subject at school under the guidance of teacher Mrs Tara Smith.
“Mrs Smith is an inspiration and has guided me through the creative processes, helping me develop my skills and individuality as a photographer,” Katerina said.
“Photography is currently a hobby, but working professionally in photomedia could definitely be an option for the future.”
The Moran Contemporary Photographic competition recognises excellence in all forms of still photography across open and student categories.
Photographers were invited to interpret “contemporary life in Australia” and the images selected as finalists feature a diverse range of subjects and locations from around the country.
Winners will be announced by the Moran Arts Foundation on 8 May.