A shot of fame for Winner

Warners Bay High School is a virtual powerhouse when it comes to art. For the third time in the past four years, a student has won an award in the Secondary Schools Section of the prestigious national Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

The aptly named Year 12 student, Alex Winner, took out the Year 11-12 category with his photo 'Introspection'.

"I've been entering the Moran for three years now and have always had a passion for photography," Alex said.

"The idea of creating a dark and melancholy image really inspired me to manipulate the portrait using mixed media and simple lighting.

"The interesting aspect of the work is that the subject, Danny, is anything but introspective and sombre.

"I am very proud of winning the Moran and I am thankful to the foundation for providing students with the opportunity to access the real art world.

"I am also very grateful to the visual arts staff at Warners Bay High School for their passion for the arts and their continued support of my ambitions as a budding artist."

Two constants

Warners Bay principal Dr Sharon Parkes said there were two constants in the school's connection with the Moran Prize.

"These are the creativity and skill of our students, and the passion and commitment of our visual arts staff, including Trudy Farmer, head teacher creative and performing arts (CAPA), and Donna Pfister, who assisted Alex with his entry and artwork," Dr Parkes said.

Ms Farmer said Alex was a determined and energetic photographer.

"He is a wonderful visual arts student and has produced clever and thoughtful work consistently since he started here in Year 7," Ms Farmer said.

"We are, understandably, very proud of Alex and his skills as a photographer are continually growing.

"The dedication and expertise of the CAPA faculty at Warners Bay High School is the impetus to consistent high achievements in the creative arts and the 'team' approach to the development of student potential is a vital part of our success."

She said the Moran Foundation's continued support of student art making was very much appreciated and valued by the staff and students of the school.

Alex received $5,000 and his photograph would be displayed at Moran House Sydney until 9 October before touring nationally.

Photo: Alex Winner with his successful entry 'Introspection'. Photo by Trudy Farmer.

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