the Little boy and metal nature July 2012, Hobart CBD. My son is hugging a penguin made of metal. He loves animals as all other children do. But are the next generation have the opportunity to touch or hug real animals? Are we replacing Iron, plastic and wooden symbols of nature with the real ones? Could our children get warm with hugging the artificial nature? Would it be all their perception from nature? Let’s think about our responsibilities for the next generation. Maybe we should help little David to be human again.
The great prizes include Bruny Island or Tasman Island Full Day tour for 2 people and multiple $50 vouchers at your choice of itunes, Coop Bookshop or your local supermarket.
The idea is about being involved, participating and giving insight into our people's perspective but just for fun there will be some incentives. Prizes are judged by everyone and select judges in late September based on the impact of the words and photos. So, you do not need to have the best camera, fabulous technical skills or the perfect subject. The idea is to give insight, evoke a sentiment, tell a story and absolutely everyone is good at this.
Winners were chosen based on votes and importantly comments about the impact of their image and story on voters. There is a category winner in each section and also areas that reflected voters sentiments. The overall image captured the imagination of many voters and stimulated the most comments. Well done to all the winners!
Overall winner: 2A (Major prize) Culture shock category winner: 1A Tasmania as a home and people winner:2E Adventures category winner: 3C Random... anything goes category winner: 4E Best story with image winner: 3D Life in Tassie weather winner: 1B Memory of adventure winner: 3I Philosophy and photography winner:1D
It was dark night with a sky full of stars, when I arrived in Hobart for the first time. My house was on the top of Mount Nelson and I was apprehensive when I realised that there were wild animals living close. Nowadays, I am so grateful to be here because Hobart is so clean and green. Before coming here I couldn’t guess what the city and the whole of Tasmania looked like from just a few Google photos. It is bigger than I expected, very hilly and the distances are great. Everyday, when I walk down the mountain I see wallabies, rabbits, and plenty of birds singing. There is beautiful scenery and stunning views of the city from the top of the mountain. All the houses in the city have nice gardens and you can smell the air rich of fragrance. On the other hand, in the harbour there are plenty of star fish at the bottom of the sea. Another aspect of Hobart that appeals to me is the friendliness of its people. To sum up, the nature, animals and the people make Hobart a fairy tale city, ideally for narration in children’s stories.
The photo shown is a score which tells my new life in Hobart. As you can see, I need to dry my wear in my room. The weather here is so unpredictable that I can not dry them outside. I have seen wet sheets soaked by sudden rain couple times. Strong wind also troublesome for drying. The photo describes the music as well. Since my residence locates in a area where nature is rich, I can enjoy songs of birds, sounds of breeze and rain. Abundant tree leaves enrich those varieties of music.
This photo was taken at an old mining site in Pipers River, one of the scenes where the filming of the documentary, "The Trail of the Tin Dragon" took place in August, 2011. I played three different minor roles in this documentary. It's an unforgettable experience to me because it's my first time to involve in a film-shooting, and I never imagined it would occur to me in Tasmania. While participating in the filming, I realized there were already people from backgrounds other than British migrating to Tasmania over one century ago. It made me feel they were connected with me in some way as I also traveled all the way to study in Tasmania from Taiwan. Although people change as time goes by, the Nature and the spirit will remain the same.
What has been most fantastic about this competition is all the fantastic conversations that have been stimulated by these amazing stories and photographs. It has led to reminiscing, the retelling of adventures and the plans for new ones. All the photographers have been part of making an impact on those that are viewed this through their photos and they're accompanying words.
The voting and comments made about the photographs have led to the photographers below winning a prize but of course we all know that the process will be remembered when the excitement of the prize may have faded.
This has been the most beautiful experience to share with all of you and I thank you for your efforts, everyone's enthusiasm and these beautiful images are deep in the understanding of what it is to be new to Tasmania and embrace all that has to offer.