Year 10 student Wesley Read (a Knox boarder from Narrabri) has won a national photography award for his close-up photograph of a Rainbow Lorikeet.
Wesley, the son of Libby Guest and Michael Read, has won silver in the Australian Geographic Australia, New Zealand, Antarctic and New Guinea (ANZANG) Junior Nature Photographer of the Year Competition.
Wesley flew to Adelaide in August to attend the award ceremony at the South Australian Museum.
“On the morning this was taken it had been raining and several pairs were taking shelter on my grandparent’s verandah, where they occasionally feed the birds,” said Wesley.
“This allowed me to sneak up on them and get my shot. I have been interested in photography since around 2008 when I got my first camera for Christmas. I like to take nature photos because I enjoy bushwalking,” he said.
Wesley’s winning photo was taken at Lake Cathie near Port Macquarie.
“Getting selected for ANZANG was really surprising as I wasn't expecting it,” he said.
“A friend showed me the competition just before it closed and I didn't find out I was shortlisted until late. The presentation was really exciting and I was obviously very happy with my result,” Wesley said.