Published on 22 October 2013
A 1.3km-long section of the old Berlin Wall adorned with paintings and serving as a memorial for freedom was the inspiration for a winning photograph in the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first GO Program Photo Competition.
USC student Tehlia Colless-White’s snap of colourful artwork on the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery won her the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Choice Award when prizes were announced on campus last week.
The Marcus Beach 20-year-old, who is studying a double degree in Business and Science, was delighted to receive a Lucas Muro Photography Course.
“Photography has always been my hobby and I thought it would be great to share and try to capture the brilliant time I had on my semesters abroad and maybe interest other students to do the same,” she said.
Tehlia saw the sights of Germany while studying at the RheinAhrCampus of the University of Applied Science Koblenz in Remagen, a town south of Bonn, from September last year to June this year.
“The amount of history and character that this one tourist attraction holds was definitely a highlight of my Deutschland experience,” she said.
The Sunshine Coast Grammar School graduate also earned an internship at the German university which helped pay for her trip.
“At the end I was able to gain a certificate in international business which is great preparation for my USC business course,” she said.
Tehlia, who surfs and umpires in AFL, said she aspired to a career in marketing for a large sporting organisation, “preferably with lots of overseas travel”.
USC was overwhelmed by the response to its photographic competition, with 189 entries from 74 students.
It was open to students of USC’s GO (Global Opportunities) Program, which enables students to travel overseas and experience different cultures while studying to earn credit towards their USC degrees.
International students on campus at Sippy Downs were also eligible to submit photos of their Australian experiences.
A total prize pool of $5,750 included sponsorship by the USC Vice-Chancellor, the USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality), Lucas Muro Photography, the Co-Op, Kite Thrill and Evolution Espresso.
In the Natural and Urban Landscape category, Mechanical Engineering student Thomas Watkins, of Mountain Creek, won $750 for his photo ‘A Frozen Waterfall’, taken in High Hawk Forest in Kassel, Germany.
In the People and Culture category, Nora Schuerhoff, of Germany, won $750 for her photo ‘Matt Baker, pianist’, taken in Australia.
The ‘In The Moment’ category was won by GO student Hannah Allcock, of Mooloolah Valley, who received $750 for her photo ‘Local transport Komodo Island’, taken in Indonesia. It showed the Social Science student on a rickety fishing boat, where she had also slept, on her way to the island of Komodo.
— Julie Schomberg