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Kingston Youth express themselves with a pen and camera

8 July 2016

Kingston Youth Service’s annual photography and writing competitions are helping local youngsters express themselves through the written word and on film.

Winners of the annual Picture This Competition were recently announced and entries for the Ink About It writing competition are now open.

The winning picture Apparition – taken by 15-year-old year-old Stephen Hatzikiridzis – was captured at Mentone Beach at sunset. Runner up was awarded to 14-year-old Tess McCracken who won last year’s event, for her photograph Lake Tekapo taken on a school music trip in New Zealand. Third place went to 16-year-old Joshua Ratten for his alpine photograph Onwards.

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said she was impressed by the level of talent displayed by local youth.  “Our young people are incredibly talented and it was great to see the high calibre of entries for this year’s Picture This competition,” Cr Bearsley said.

“I’d also encourage local teenagers to put pen to paper and enter our Ink About It writing competition to go into the running for some fabulous prizes.”

The Ink About It writing competition invites local youth to enter a short story or poem that interprets the theme ‘Hero’.

The competition is open to young people with a connection to Kingston, aged 13-25 years. Entries must be G-rated and are limited to 1000 words.

Three winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of Kingston Youth Services staff and local young people.

The winning entries will be published in Kingston Youth Services’ Universal magazine.

For further information see or phone Kingston Youth Services on 1300 369 436.  

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