Chevron Rewards Budding Young Environmental Photographers
PERTH, Western Australia, 18 October 2012 – Chevron Australia has recognised 26 students across Western Australia as part of its annual FOCUS Environment photographic and caption competition.
The competition, now in its ninth year, received more than 1,000 entries from 80 schools across the state. This resulted in 26 individual winners from 18 different schools.
In 2012, the existing subject categories were refined to reflect Chevron’s values and the growing importance of the environment. The three categories are:
- Celebrating Human Energy: Reflecting the need to rely on each other and our community to do things safely in our day-to-day environment.
- Protecting our Planet: Capturing Western Australians involved in minimising their impact on the natural environment such as planting water wise gardens, recycling or planting vegetation to stop beach dune erosion.
- Respecting Biodiversity: Highlighting animal and plant habitats and how important these are in protecting our State’s rich biodiversity.
This year also saw the launch of the Dr Harry Butler Award, a new award selected by renowned naturalist, author and conservation consultant Dr Harry Butler AO.
Presenting the awards to the talented winners, Chevron Australia Operational Excellence Health, Environment and Safety general manager Rick Biddle congratulated all 2012 participants.
“Through our involvement in FOCUS Environment we hope to encourage students to be aware of the world around them. Schools play an instrumental role in educating students on the need to care for our environment for the benefit of future generations.”
“Chevron is celebrating 60 years of oil and gas operations in Australia this year and we’re also celebrating 60 years of close association with Dr Butler. It was only fitting to mark this occasion with a special award – the Dr Harry Butler Award,” Mr. Biddle said.
The competition was open to all public and private primary and secondary school students across Western Australia, with three age sections: Years 4-7, Years 8-10 and Years 11-12.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 3,000 people, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields. Chevron is also a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia and the company’s Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world. www.chevronaustralia.com
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