Students at Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus were recently treated to a professional photographic workshop, capturing the imagination of many budding young artists.
Every year the Moran Arts Foundation provides free photographic workshops in city, country and remote schools across all corners of Australia. Run by professional photographers, the workshops are an ideal way to foster creativity amongst school students. By encouraging students to be imaginative and creative they build valuable skills and confidence.
Each student receives a digital camera to use for the day. The workshop explores the art and technique of photography, a form of visual storytelling.
Five of each student’s favourite photographs are printed to keep as a souvenir of the day and favourite images are entered in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize which has over $20,000 worth of prize money. Digital cameras are awarded to primary school finalists. There has been an unprecedented number of school entries in recent years with finalists work exhibited at Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney and on the website moranprizes.com.au.
It’s a real privilege judging the student photography. Every image brims with action, colour and life. There’s always a few special ones that stand out .....I was impressed with the photographers’ willingness to get amongst the action.” Comment from 2016 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Student Category Judges.
The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia through the Moran Prizes, Moran Galleries and school Photographic Workshops.
More information is available at moranarts.org.au.