Passion for photography paying off for Cobram student

By Cobram Courier

Liam Hindle’s passion for photography is paying off, with the student recently taking out two awards for his work.

Liam picked up two awards at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Hume region’s 2019 Photography and Video Competition.

The Cobram Secondary College Year 12 student was named the overall winner of the 16-18 age group and his photo series on the topic ‘What’s your Renewable Energy Future?’ also took out the people’s choice award at the presentation night in Wangaratta recently.

The budding photographer said his passion for the hobby continued to grow since he started with his late grandfather’s camera.

‘‘I have always lived in the country and photography is a great hobby to have,’’ Liam said.

‘‘My teachers at Cobram Secondary College have always encouraged me with my photography and to enter competitions, even though it’s not one of my electives. They always pass on information of any up and coming competitions and give me good advice.

‘‘Since the age of 12, I have been entering local agricultural shows and community events. My favourite subjects to take are landscapes, nature and motorsports. I have entered every year.’’

Liam said he put together the photo series but was not expecting to take out the top prize in Wangaratta given the stiff competition he was up against.

‘‘I was not confident in winning this competition, the other entries were very good too,’’ he said.

‘‘This year the Centre of Continuing Education in Wangaratta set the topic which I found this topic quite hard.

‘‘Living in rural Victoria, I have seen many solar farms being built and together with the beautiful sunsets that gave me my subject for the photo.

‘‘I then had to try and think how to portray solar farming in a photo but still making it a beautiful photo to look at. I combined a light bulb, lit up by the sun with barbed wire (farming element) and that is how I produced the winning photo. I was happy with my final photo.’’

Liam will also have a photograph on display at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

The image, which had to feature water, was entered at the Yarrawonga Agricultural Show in the VAS LTD junior category, before winning the regional grand final in Wangaratta.

‘‘I was thrilled when they announced that my photo won and was through to the state final at the Melbourne show this year,’’ he said.