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MEDIA RELEASE - Local youth create their own rainbow

29 November 2019

Local youth have created their own ‘rainbow’ and showcased their artistic flair as part of a creative competition to promote youth mental health.

The Live4Life Glenelg annual art competition has come to a close, with two students from Bayview College taking home the top prizes. The competition invited Year 8 students from across the shire to submit their own interpretation of the Live4Life Glenelg 2019 theme ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’. The submissions could fall under one of the three categories - photography, multimedia and other (which could include poems, songs, pictures, paintings, textile artworks or any other medium).

Bayview College’s Kloe Payne was announced as the competition’s First Overall Individual Winner for her series of colourful rainbow chalk photographs. Fellow Bayview College student Talisha Hockley claimed Second Overall Individual Winner for her darkness turns to light inspired painting.

Live4Life Glenelg facilitator Cathryn Walder was overwhelmed with the calibre and originality of this year’s entries.

“The Live4Life Glenelg art competition provides a creative outlet for all Year 8 students to revisit their key learnings from the mental health first aid training they receive throughout the year,” she said.

“We were blown away with the imagination of this year’s cohort, with all types of entries submitted including multimedia short films, songs, photographs, paintings and drawings. It was fantastic to see so much time and thought taken into each entry and thank each student who participated in the competition.

“As part of the submissions, students were also asked to explain their interpretation of the theme ‘No Rain, No Rainbow’. The responses were incredibly inspiring, with messages such as ‘everyone deserves the chance to be the best version of themselves’ and ‘sometimes you have to go through those dark and sad times to reach the light’.”

Mrs Walder also noted the support of local businesses in realising the competition.

“Thank you to our generous sponsors at the Port of Portland who kindly donated the cash prizes for all of our winning entries. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support for the Live4Life initiative,” she said.

2019 competition winners:
First Overall Individual Winner (All Categories)
Kloe Payne – Bayview College

Second Overall Individual Winner (All Categories)
Talisha Hockley – Bayview College

Overall Group winner (All Categories)
Makeely Kindred, Stacey Fink, Ella Noonan, Caroline Ciechowicz and Nate Merchison - Portland Secondary College

Category Winners (Photography, Multimedia and Other)
Photography - Jayke Bates - Portland Reengagement Centre

Multimedia – Talisha Hockley from Bayview College
Other – Hayley Smith - Portland Secondary College

Crews Choice Awards
Kloe Payne, Dakota Aldridge and Adam Alexander - Bayview College
Ella Noonan and Jayde Saliba - Portland Secondary College

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