Eco Shooters: DBIS' budding young green photographers

Samantha Wong showcases some of the winning photographs in the DBIS Green Photography Competition and hears from the budding young photographers.

What does being green mean to primary school students? This is what the teachers at Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) aimed to discover through their first Green Photography Competition. The children (aged five to 11) were asked to submit an ecologically themed photo, with the results announced just after Easter. 

The competition coincided with the school’s annual Green Week, March 27 to 31. “We invited the students to explore their local environment,” says competition coordinator, Year 2 teacher and green enthusiast Jack Hoskin. “The challenge was to capture a photograph inspired by one of Green Week’s three environmental themes: appreciation, protection and sustainability.” 

With over 60 entrants submitting fantastic, locally shot photographs, choosing a winner in each age range proved no easy task. “The judges were impressed by the range of subjects and especially by the care taken by each of the photographers, says Jack. 

Looking at the top-placed photos in each age range, and reading the students’ comments, it’s easy to see what kids get out of an environmental education. In aiming to promote eco-awareness, while kick-starting a lifelong love of photography, the Green Photography Competition has surely sewn some worthwhile seeds.

The winners

1  Andrea Bacci (Year 5 - 6 category) 

“I took this photo because I thought it was a beautiful and rare animal, it is evidence of the diverse ecosystem that we have in Siena Park. I just basically thought it was so cool to see a kingfisher in DB! Being green means to respect the planet and to not put rubbish on the ground or anywhere. Be more responsible! We need to create less waste in general.” 

2  Ella Sutherland (Year 3 - 4 category) 

“I took this photograph because the flower has a little brown on it and that means that nature is dying. Being green means to recycle to stop pollution.” 

3  Ririko Kurihara (Year 1 - 2 category)

“I photographed this flower because it looked pretty and green. Being green means you should recycle and not use taxis too much.” 

The runners-up 

4 Julia Sutherland (Year 1 - 2 category) 

“I photographed this plant because it was nice and pretty. It is important to be green because we have to look after the world.”

5 Tamara (Year 1 - 2 category)

6 Amber (Year 1 - 2 category)


7 Cubie (Year 1 - 2 category)



Jasmin Leschinsky (Year 3 - 4 category) 

“I chose this photo because I wanted to find something that was green. Being green means reusing things and recycling and why it is important to stop global warming!” 

8 Luke Joslyn (Year 5 - 6 category) 

“I took this photo because the beaches in DB are dirty and disgusting. It makes me feel bad because all the trash we throw away is going into our water and ocean and that’s being eaten by wildlife. These animals can then get really sick and can often even die which makes me feel angry. Being green means not using as much waste. We need to protect our oceans and save them for future generations."

9  Andrew Ling (Year 5 - 6 category) 

“I took this picture just after a beach clean-up by Plastic Free Seas and this polystyrene box floated in from the sea. It shows how polluted the sea is and how we can all make a difference. Being green means reusing things, reducing the amount of plastic we use, recycling and not throwing things on the floor.” 



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