The skills of the best amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham were acknowledged on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at the 10th annual Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition Exhibition Awards.

Sixteen photographers were recognised as winners across a variety of categories during the awards night which was held during Mental Health Week at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

PhotoVoice involves participants of all ages taking photos under a particular Act-Belong-Commit theme. Photographers then include a sentence or short paragraph explaining their photo, giving it a ‘voice’. Ultimately, PhotoVoice aims to promote positive mental health in the community.

More than 450 entries were received in this year’s competition, with 100 of them going on display at the Gary Holland Community Centre during the PhotoVoice Exhibition.

A six-person panel was responsible for judging the photos on their composition and their communication of the Act-Belong Commit message. This year saw the introduction of the theme of ‘standing strong together’, applying the Act-Belong-Commit message in Aboriginal culture

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the winners on their efforts.

“The 10th edition of the Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition had some fantastic entries from participants of all ages and I congratulate the winners on their outstanding achievements,” Mayor Sammels said.

“PhotoVoice has become one of the City’s biggest events promoting positive mental health and I’m delighted to see the dedication and skill of our amateur photographers.

“Judging the winning photographs was an incredibly difficult task for the panel and it is a testament to the quality of work submitted by all entrants.”

The event was proudly sponsored by Healthway and the Act-Belong-Commit campaign and the City gratefully acknowledges their contribution.


The 2018 PhotoVoice Exhibition winners include:

12yrs and Under Modified- Daniel Kurian, Shoulder to Shoulder

12yrs and Under Non-Modified – Mia Townrow, Beach Time

13-17yrs Modified – Ethan Manning, Passed on Knowledge

13-17yrs Non-Modified – Mackenzie Bauld, A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved

18-59yrs Modified – Trudi Davies, Committed

18-59yrs Non-Modified – Katie Hughes, Challenges are What Keep us Moving Forward

60+yrs Modified – Peter Le Scelle, Milky Way at Heron Point

60+yrs Non-Modified – Thelma Murphy, This is Not Going to End Well

Student Workshop Modified – Keely Jones,Natural Beauty (South Coast Baptist College)

Student Workshop Non-Modified – Abbey Schroder, A Sky View (East Waikiki Primary School)

Student Workshop Abilities – Aiden Atkins, A Young Man’s Best Friend (Rockingham SHS Education Support Centre)

ACT Award – Steph Moses, Free Spirit

BELONG Award – Daniel Kurian, Shoulder to Shoulder

COMMIT Award – Joseph Ford, A Bridge to Race Day

Standing Strong Together Award – Sally Newman, Emily’s Song

The Public Choice Award – Amanda Hanlon, A Cheeky Snap

The 2018 Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Rockingham winning entries below capture how people of all ages, keep mentally healthy along with this year’s theme of ‘Standing Strong Together’ applying the Act-Belong-Commit message in Aboriginal culture.

First, second and third place were awarded for both modified and don-Modified sections in each of the four age categories, and an over-all award for the photo most fitting to the themed categories of ‘Act’, ‘Belong’, ‘Commit’ and ‘Standing Strong Together’ were also presented.

​All who attended the exhibition were able to cast a vote for the Public Choice Award and the prize was awarded on 10 October to the photo with the highest count of votes.

All the winning shots can be viewed on the City’s website: 2018 PhotoVoice Winner Gallery.



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