17 Mar 2017
As part of a lead-in to National Youth Week 2017 event, a group of young people unveiled their photographs at a showcase event on 28 February to celebrate their efforts and to recognise the talent that emerged from a Youth Week Photo Challenge.
The young people who participated in the photo challenge are all supported through Mercy Community Services’ residential care and education and vocational support programs in Brisbane. The organisation received a grant from PCYC Queensland to undertake the state-wide photo challenge, which saw 10 young people learn photography skills, participate in a photography workshop, and take photographs in both the workshops and out in the community.
Steven King, Executive Director of Family Services at Mercy Community Services, said the photo challenge was a wonderful initiative that enabled young people to learn a new skill and express themselves.
“We are really proud of their efforts. It’s really positive that through this photo challenge they were able to learn photography skills and take photographs that have special significance to them,” said Steven.
“There was a lot of talent on display at the showcase event at our Nudgee site and we’re so pleased that their photographs will be on display at the Office for Youth’s National Youth Week launch event at The Edge in Southbank on 31 March.
“I’d also like to thank PCYC Queensland and the Queensland Government for a grant that made this activity possible. The young people involved in this challenge really appreciated the opportunity to be involved,” he said.
Mercy Community Services CEO Peter Sydes, Executive Director of Family Services Steven King, and local Councillor Adam Allan presented the 10 participants with their framed photograph and a voucher.
Councillor Allan said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Youth Photo Challenge and witness the obvious pride the participants had in their works and the enthusiasm they had for the challenge.”
A 12 year old participant in the photo challenge said: “The photo workshops gave me a chance to make new friends and to understand how to use a real camera.”
A photograph from one of the Photo Challenge’s participants that will be on display at The Edge in Southbank on 31 March