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Panpa Bulletin : August September 2007
news Brenton Edwards is the Overall Winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Photographic Awards, an an- nual competition organised by the Commonwealth Press Union. Brenton started as a professional pho- tographer in November 1988 as a cadet at The Advertiser in Adelaide and since then -- apart from a short stint at The Times in London -- has stayed with The Advertiser, also covering assignments for them in Europe, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. The theme of the 2007 Awards is 'Achievement' and the photographs were judged on both interpretation of the theme and technical quality. The Commonwealth Photographic Awards are an open competition for all Commonwealth residents, and include both colour and black and white photo- graphs, from professionals and amateurs alike. Of the winning image of a young boy held aloft on the razor sharp points of sev- eral swords and spears, the judges unani- mously agreed that it deserved the overall prize. On learning of his win, Brenton said: "It is quite a surreal feeling to have my entry considered the best of the Commonwealth nations". "I have won state and national awards before, but nothing of this calibre. "I'm sure the reality of it all won't be ap- parent until the reception in London, where I will effectively be representing News Limited in Australia." THE CANBERRA TIMES/CPU YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER PRIZE Masi Losi, a young South African photog- rapher with the community newspaper The Daily Dispatch has been awarded The Canberra Times/CPU Young Photographer Prize. Masi will be travelling to Australia to take up a 4-week attachment at The Canberra Times. Editor of The Canberra Times, Mark Baker says, "The Awards have a proud history of capturing through the lens the many dimensions of life across the Commonwealth -- a literal snapshot". Of his win, Masi said, "Winning this award has made me realise that it does not matter where one comes from or how one grew up. "What matters is the passion and the determination one has to succeed in their chosen art form." Roxanne van Winsen -- also a South African photographer -- was awarded 'Highly Commended' and will be receiving a cash prize of £250. 'THREE PICTURES ONE STORY' PRIZE This prize was awarded to Sam Lim Kien Hock of Malaysia. Entrants were invited to submit three photographs in sequence that told a story of 'Achievement'. Sam's photos show an old lady with her grandson to whom she is telling the story of independence in Malaysia, while making the finishing touches to the national flag and then planting it. Australian wins Commonwealth Photographic Awards top prize Brenton Edwards' winning entry: For a hobby, eleven-year-old martial arts expert Giang Trong La balances on a bed of swords and spears. An exponent of Chang-Moo-Kwan Academy in Adelaide, South Australia since he was six, Giang has been learning the technique of being supported two metres in the air by eight razor sharp spears and swords for the past two years. "This was one of the rst times he had achieved this feat. I had to get the image right pretty quickly as he could only tolerate being up there for ten sec- onds." One of three entries by Masi Losi: King Buyelekhaya Dalidyebo of the Abathembu Kingdom in South Africa declaring Mandla Mandela a chief. The Mandela throne was returned after being taken away by the colonial- ists about 90 years ago. The Mandela family fought for years to have their chieftaincy returned to them and Nelson Mandela's grandson was made the chief. n eo ft h r e ee n t r i e sb yM a s iL o s i :K i n gB u y e l e k h a y aD a l i d y e b oo ft h e 10 PANPA Bulletin August-September 2007