Home in focus: CSU comp captures victory

CSU Photography Competition winner Ethan McKenzie.
CSU Photography Competition winner Ethan McKenzie.

Ethan Mckenzie set his sights on success when he entered an open photography competition this year. 

The Charles Sturt University student said he was inspired by his “home away from home” when taking what became an award-winning snap, across the weekend. 

The 2015 National Museum of Australia artist in residence, Vic McEwan, awarded Mr Mckenzie first prize at CSU Photography Club’s first exhibition, held at Thirsty Crow.

The young winner said the competition’s theme of home had inspired him to create his image – a picture he sees every morning when he looks out his window. 

Originally from Sydney, he said the daily scene of kangaroos, bounding across an open field, was the one thing he associated with living in Wagga. 

“I like trying to show things people might not always see in their day to day life,” He said. 

“I can do that through photography.”

The club’s public relations officer Phoebe Metcalfe said the weekend’s event was beyond successful, with more than 60 entrants putting their skills to the test.

She said many other city residents attended the awards night to listen to Tessa Devine's music.

Ms Metcalfe said the competition and exhibition would be an annual event in Wagga, with entries open to city residents. 

Belinda Coleman took home the People's Choice Award with her image The Eye and staff at the Thirsty Crow awarded a Crow Award to Jessica Mees for her image, Brothers.