Congratulations to the 2016 Chevron Focus Environment winners.
Category | Celebrating Human Energy and Sustainability in WA
FIRST PLACE: Grace Hendry (Alta-1 College)Canal Rocks Sunset – Waves crash against the granite boulders at Canal Rocks. A wooden boardwalk enables visitors to safely view the power of the Indian Ocean.
SECOND PLACE: Lisa Henley (Carine Senior High School)Busselton Jetty – Officially closed as a port in 1973, the Busselton Jetty is now a major tourism attraction. At the end of the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, an underwater observatory showcases the spectacular marine life of Geographe Bay.
FIRST PLACE: Jessica VanSpronsen (John Calvin Christian College Bunbury)Stabilising our Dunes – Dune Blowout is a problem that occurs all around Western Australia. Here at Rottnest Island we can see several efforts to stabilise the dunes and reduce dune blowout.
SECOND PLACE: Brooke O'Connor (Greenwood College)Saving the Swan – Oxygenation plants on the Swan River ensure high nutrient levels don't suffocate the river's water, not only sustaining the river`s inhabitants but its future.
THIRD PLACE: Brooklyn Vanderlaan (John Calvin Christian College)Stepping Stones – Wooden stumps have been placed in order to protect the sustainability of the natural life of the Marri bush surrounding Mammoth Cave.
FIRST PLACE: Robert Chalmers (Quinns Rocks Primary School)Iron Bird – Modern seaside art becomes a sustainable home for an Osprey at Mindarie Marina.
SECOND PLACE: Georgia Fields (Walliston Primary School)Pathway to Views – Accessible pathways have been created at The Gap and Natural Bridge to protect the vulnerable plants and keep the public safe.
THIRD PLACE: William Thorne (All Saints College)Precious Serpentine – Water is such a precious thing. We must use it wisely and deliver it safely for all living things - now and in the future.
FIRST PLACE: Mahli McInnes (Creaney Primary School)Protecting Nature – We help nature by making paths for people to walk on. This way we protect the natural environment and the animals that live in it by not disturbing them.
Category | WA's Habitats and Ecosystems
FIRST PLACE: Haylee Boxall (Narrogin Senior High School)New Life – This dead Jarrah tree is now being used as a nesting habitat for native bird species such as the White Tailed Black Cockatoo.
SECOND PLACE: Grace Hendry (Alta-1 College)Sunrise over the Pinnacles – The sun rises over the surreal landscape of the Pinnacles Desert. Despite the harsh environment, many species of native plants and animals thrive there.
THIRD PLACE: RJ Pollard (Guildford Grammar School)Daybreak – The Stirling Ranges is raw and untamed. It exhibits more wildflower species than the entire British Isles, 87 of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
FIRST PLACE: Lorian Marshall (John XXIII College)Two worlds merged – Our run down society seeps into the ecosystems of WA. Sometimes things that may appear to be natural, were once placed by man.
SECOND PLACE: Jessica VanSpronsen (John Calvin Christian College Bunbury)Small Fungi – These small mushrooms have grown feeding off breaking down organic matter. This environment is sustainable by itself, as long as humans don’t impact it.
THIRD PLACE: David Pham (Trinity College)Algae – Amongst the shores, the algae provide rich food for the marine organisms, clear insight to an active marine community unseen to the naked eye.
FIRST PLACE: Abigail Barnes (Quinns Rocks Primary School)Broken Tree Trunk – This broken tree trunk is the perfect place for this spider's new habitat.
SECOND PLACE: Madeleine Flugge (Presbyterian Ladies College)Simple Life – The random sea breezes create beautiful patterns in the sand while the sparse beach vegetation does its best to hold the fragile dune in place.
THIRD PLACE: Benjamin Vose (Creaney Primary School)Water is the driver of nature and it chooses its own path – Lesmurdie Falls are not only spectacular to see but are part of a vital habitat, in a Protected National Park, which provides safe havens where animals and plants can survive and thrive.
FIRST PLACE: Claire Saunders (Jerdacuttup Primary School)Rock Hole – This is a good home for spiders because they can hide from snakes.
SECOND PLACE: George Morison (Jerdacuttup Primary School)Jerdacuttup River Bush – Trees grow between shrubs.
THIRD PLACE: Sadie Morison (Jerdacuttup Primary School)Seed – The quandong has sprouted near the tree.
Category | WA's Native Species
FIRST PLACE: Regan O'Callaghan (Georgiana Molloy Anglican School)Mangy the Survivor – This Australian Magpie was rescued as a baby after having a scalped head. It was believed that he wouldn't survive, but he has now fully recovered.
SECOND PLACE: Lisa Henley (Carine Senior High School)Iridescent Scarab Beetle – The Green Scarab Beetle is a shining light in the forests of Margaret River. Good luck spotting one of these colourful critters!
THIRD PLACE: Alex Esterhuizen (Carine Senior High School)Young White-Bellied Sea Eagle – With wings spanning almost 2 metres, this sea eagle glides smoothly, landing gracefully on a nearby rock with his lunch clutched tightly in his sharp talons.
FIRST PLACE: Brianna Aitken (Greenwood College)Huntsman – The Sparassidae is widely known around the world as the true inhabitant of this land; spinning their webs in hopes of capturing something magnificent.
SECOND PLACE: Ivy Prempeh (Greenwood College)Pelecanus Conspicillatus – This majestic bird is an icon of Western Australia's beaches and rivers.
THIRD PLACE: Astrid Osborne (Duncraig Senior High School)Flight of the Raven – Ravens are a common bird in Australia, and this photo shows how well spread they are, even being found in suburban areas.
FIRST PLACE: Benecia Geqwin (Leaning Tree Community School)Motorbike Frog on a Tree – As I went out in the morning, I spotted a motor bike frog on our tree. It was early August (winter) and there was dew on the ground. As the motor bike frog clung to the branch, I got lots of photos. This was my favourite.
SECOND PLACE: Hamish Medway (Jerdacuttup Primary School)Veins and Balls – Flat-leaf Wattle uses sunlight to show the details of its shape and veins in the leaves. The sun-yellow flowers stand out against the other green plants in the bush.
THIRD PLACE: William Thorne (All Saints College)Hungry Birds – Little Willie Wagtails compete for an insect lunch from their parents. Safe and warm in their neatly woven home in Perth suburbs.
FIRST PLACE: Bethany Greenhalgh (Eden Hill Primary School)Common Garden Skink – Skinks love to sunbake as they are cold-blooded. Look carefully around and you will find them on top of rocks, logs and trees.
SECOND PLACE: Leon Quadrio (Jerdacuttup Primary School)A Gum Tree Flower – This gum tree grows near Jerdacuttup River.
THIRD PLACE: Will Henson (Melville Primary School)Wildflowers at Kings Park – I love spring time in Kings Park when all of the lovely native flowers are out. We are so lucky to live in Western Australia with lots of beautiful native flowers. I like visiting Kings Park with my family at this time of year.