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Screenshot 2018

The Gallery’s annual student photography prize

The Screenshot 2018 student photo competition was run in association with the exhibition Hold still: the photographic performance.

Hold still examines the way a camera turns any subject into a performer and any scenario into a theatrical act. Artists in this exhibition explore the way we look, sit, stand, move and pose while having our photograph taken. It suggests that the instant of capture is itself a performance and the camera serves as a silent choreographer – dictating our movements. The exhibition explores the relationship between photographer and photographed, and how power dynamics can shift between the two.

Students were asked to create an artwork which explores the idea of instruction and performance, considering how a subject could be altered or exaggerated. Students could experiment with lighting, background, props and spaces to convey a mood or story.

Prize-winners were selected by the Gallery’s curator, photographs, Isobel Parker Philip.

Slideshow of winning and highly commended entries

Click on one of the small images to begin

	Junior (Years 3–6)

	WinnerIndia Webb, Winston Hills Public School, Year 2Ghost Girl
  • 	Junior (Years 3–6)

	WinnerIndia Webb, Winston Hills Public School, Year 2Ghost Girl
  • 	Junior (Years 3–6)

	WinnerIndia Webb, Winston Hills Public School, Year 2Scaredy Sis
  • 	Junior (Years 3–6)

	Highly CommendedSonya Clarke, William Clarke College, Year 4Around the pool
  • 	Junior (Years 3–6)

	Highly CommendedOwen Khamlu, Normanhurst Public School, Year 6Identity
  • 	Intermediate (Years 7–10)

	WinnerAlana Attard, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, Year 9Lights Camera Action
  • 	Intermediate (Years 7–10)

	Second Sonia Joudo, Westfields Sports High School, Year 10Be Serious 1
  • 	Intermediate (Years 7–10)Second Sonia Joudo, Westfields Sports High School, Year 10Be Serious 2
  • 	Intermediate (Years 7–10)

	Highly CommendedGeorgie Forrest, Queenwood School for Girls, Year 10Standards
  • 	Intermediate (Years 7–10)

	Highly CommendedAbigail Birgen, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, Year 10Please hold a serious face
  • 	Senior (Years 11–12)

	WinnerNishta Gupta, Broughton Anglican College, Year 11Smell the Roses
  • 	Senior (Years 11–12)

	Highly CommendedSimrat Kaur, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, Year 11Alysha