CORINDI teen Jess Royal looks to be well on her way to a bright future in photography, taking out the Youth Encouragement Award at the 2010 Marnie Yeates Nature Photography Competition.
Jess, who also takes photos for The Daily Examiner as part of her school work placement, entered two pictures in the competition, run by the Coffs Camera Club, just for the fun of it ... and it paid off.
She received the award on October 29 at the official opening of the accompanying exhibition at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs, where her works are now on display.
“I was pretty surprised. They had about 140 entrants and only a hand-full of us were classified as under 18,” she said.
Entries were restricted to nature subjects and undomesticated animals, with only minimal evidence of human society allowed.
One of Jess’s photos will also grace the cover of the Coffs Coast Advocate’s 2011 calendar, being deemed one of the best entries by online voters during the competition.
Jess said she loved the peaceful, unique aspect of nature photography and said she caught the shutter bug at a young age.
“I just loved looking at other photos professionals had done, that’s what got me interested in it,” she said.
The nature-themed works of Jess and other talented North Coast snappers are on display at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs until November 27.