The image that struck paydirt for Bellingen’s Jessie Shepherd.
The image that struck paydirt for Bellingen’s Jessie Shepherd.

Jessie has snapped up competition

OVERSEAS travel with camera in hand has proved a goldmine for a young Bellingen photographer.

Jessie Shepherd recently entered two photographs in the prestigious Ilford School Photo and Digital Imaging Competition and one, Field of Flowers, earnt the 17-year-old a merit award.

“When I was overseas in the UK, I was in Norwich during summer. A friend’s dog, Spider, was running through the wildflowers in a garden so while I knelt on the ground to take the photo, my friends told Spider to ‘sit’,” Jessie said.

“I wasn’t expecting it (the award). Lots of people from NSW schools entered.”

Jessie used a digital Cyber Shot Sony camera, with “nothing professional about it”. While editing her photos, her teacher said she liked the photo and Jessie decided to work on it for the competition.

“All I did was change the contrast and saturation, to make the flowers stand out more but otherwise, it’s pretty much as it was taken.”

Travel photography is one of the career options Jess is considering.

“I enjoy travel and I enjoy taking landscapes so eventually, I’d like a portfolio of photos which I could sell to travel magazines.”

Among the courses she is undertaking at school are ancient history and modern history, which she hopes will help her in her travels and career.



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