The Australian National University (ANU) and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre are excited to announce the winners of their ‘Sea Connections’ competition for high school students.
Junior Prize winners were: 1st place – Tom Kelly (Bega High School) and 2nd Place – Angus McDonald (Eden Marine High School). Senior winners were: 1st place – Jemma Swan (Vincentia High School) and 2nd place – Meg McDonald (Lumen Christi Catholic College).
First prize winners are very lucky to have won a brand new Go Pro HD Hero2 camera, a range of ANU merchandise and a free guided snorkel tour with the Discovery Centre and, with second prize winners also winning ANU merchandise, books and a snorkel tour.
By taking marine science out of the laboratory and into the creative realm the competition aimed to inspire in students a deeper understanding and respect for the unique marine ecosystem of the Far South Coast. Student entrants were asked to express their connection to the local marine environment by creating a work in a visual or written format. Judging was based on the quality of the entry and how well it showcased the students’ connections with the sea. From as far north as Jervis Bay, the competition received a number of quality entries including photographs, poetry, written prose and collages. The judging panel was made up of staff from the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, ANU StudentEquityand ANU marine scientist Dr Chris Fulton.
“It is wonderful to see kids so passionate about the marine environment and the beauty it has to offer” Jillian Riethmuller, Marine Education Officer at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre said.
The ANU is a proud sponsor of the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, and it’s sponsorship of this competition is part of a targeted initiative to engage regional high school students in science learning, and enhance their aspirations for tertiary education through the ANU Regional Partnerships Program.
Have a look at our two winning entries!