20 November 2017
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 (judged from 228 entries) and the top three awardees selected to receive the ‘Prize’.
1st prize: Tyler Nicholls, 21, of Cedar Pocket near Gympie, won the top prize package worth $1,500 for his photo of a noisy miner flapping its wings on the lake on campus at Sippy Downs. Tyler is studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.
2nd prize: Kate Berry, 21, of Cashmere in Brisbane, took second for her close-up image of a dragonfly on a leaf. She is a Bachelor of Animal Ecology student who won a $600 package.
3rd prize: Jackson Weaver, 22, of Tanawha, was third for his photo of a tawny frogmouth perched on a tree branch. He is a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) student who won a $400 package.
Check out the "Campus native fauna captured for inaugural competition" article by Seniors Newspaper with a photo gallery of all honourable mentions, finalists, and winning photographs.