Honouring a USC legend
The Gerard Mills Memorial Prize honours the memory of USC Honorary Senior Fellow, Mr. Gerard Mills. Gerard devoted much of his life to education, art and photography. He spent almost four years taking more than 30,000 photos of wildlife activity, each week walking kilometers of USC's 100-hectare Sunshine Coast campus to find rare and elusive species.
Mr. Mills documented almost 600 species including everything from the tiniest beetles to the biggest kangaroos, from snakes and birds to bandicoots and sugar gliders. The Gerard Mills Memorial Prize acknowledges a USC student who demonstrates excellence in wildlife photography.
Prize winners were judged on technical ability, as well as creativity.
On 14 November, the Gerard Mills Memorial Prize for Wildlife Photography inaugural reception was held at the USC Art Gallery (on the Sunshine Coast Campus).
The judges were a panel of USC staff, a USC student, and representatives from the Mills family familiar with nature and wildlife photography. Based on the eligibility and selection criteria (technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit), a group of finalists were chosen and the top three awardees selected to receive the ‘Prize’.
Check out the "Campus native fauna captured for inaugural competition" article by Seniors Newspaper with a photo gallery of all honorable mentions, finalists and winning photographs.
1st prize: Tyler Nicholls
2nd prize: Kate Berry
3rd prize: Jackson Weaver