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The spirit of the ANZAC is the theme of this year’s Hume Libraries Youth Photography Competition, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, announced today.

Cr Atmaca encouraged young people to reflect on what the centenary of the ANZAC means to them, and how they could sum up their thoughts through a photo.

“It is 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli and the sacrifice made by so many young soldiers has been at the front of our minds,” Cr Atmaca said.

“We are keen for people between the ages of 12 and 18 years to consider how they feel about the ANZAC.

“The spirit of the ANZAC has shaped Australia and continues to influence our relatively young nation.

“We’d love youth who live or study in Hume to experiment with their cameras and come up with a photo that helps to demonstrate how they view the ANZAC story.”

Young people can submit photos to the Hume Libraries Youth Photography Competition from Monday 24 August 2015 until 5pm on Sunday 4 October 2015.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories:

• Category 1 (open to youth aged 12 to 14 years). First prize: Digital SLR camera. Second prize: $150 JB Hi-Fi voucher.
• Category 2 (open to youth aged 15 to 18 years). First prize: Digital SLR camera. Second prize: $150 JB Hi-Fi voucher.

Everyone who enters will also have a chance to win a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher, thanks to a random draw.

Cr Atmaca said competition finalists could expect their photos to be appreciated by many people.

“We’ve organised an exhibition that will travel across Hume to display the photos of our finalists,” he said.

“The exhibition will offer an excellent way for our top entrants to express their thoughts to many people in a visual form.”

Hume Libraries will hold free workshops during the September school holidays, to help young people learn photography techniques.

The sessions will provide practical tips on how to get the most out of a camera and will benefit anyone who wishes to enter the competition.

The digital photography workshops will take place at:

• Sunbury Library on Monday 28 September 2015, between 2.00pm and 3.30pm;
• The Age Library in Broadmeadows on Wednesday 30 September 2015, from 11.00am to 12.30pm; and
• Craigieburn Library on Wednesday 30 September 2015, between 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

Cr Atmaca called on Hume’s youth to start to consider the ways that they could capture their views of the ANZAC spirit with a camera.

“I know we have many creative young people right across Hume, and the competition is certain to attract some fantastic images,” he said.

“Entrants are welcome to submit up to three photos each, and now is a great time for people to get the camera out and see what sorts of shots they can come up with.

“Interest in the Hume Libraries Youth Photography Competition continues to grow, and each year we receive more and more entries.”

In 2014, 107 young people submitted a total of 296 photos to the competition.

For further information or to book a place at a digital photography workshop, pop into a Hume Libraries branch or visit www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 August 2015

Updated : 2:55 PM, 10 August 2015

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