Snapping the Black Dog Photographic competition winners

July 30th, 2010

The winners of the “Snapping the Black Dog: A Photographic Competition about Hope and Resilience in the Fight against Depression” have been announced and you can see them below. 

Nikki Quittner - 1st Place

Ebony Bejah - 2nd Place

Richard Bartlett - 3rd Place

Maja & Freya Baska -A BDI staff award

If a picture tells a thousand stories, the Black Dog Institute has unearthed nearly half a million from a photographic competition – Snapping the Black Dog that looked at capturing hope and resilience through the eye of the lens. 

While recognising the seriousness of mood disorders and their impact on the lives of thousands of people, the Institute’s Executive Director, Professor Gordon Parker, said the competition was about finding images as a way of providing hope and inspiration to show there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

The Institute, he said, had already successfully unearthed powerful description’s from a series of writing and poetry competitions over the past six years that have resulted in books on subjects ranging from teenage depression to bipolar disorder and addressing their impact, as undertaken in the soon to be released publication on tackling mood disorders in the workplace. 

The winners were: 

  1. Winner of the first prize, a Nikon D5000 SLR twin lens kit, was Nicolette Quittner from Mosman NSW.  Nicolette described her photograph as the “confrontation of what is seemingly negative with something positive, vibrant and hopeful.”
  2. Second prize of a Nikon COOLPIX P100 digital camera was awarded to Ebony Bejah from Grindelwald in Tasmania 
  3. Third placegetter, Richard Bartlett from Marylands, NSW, received a Nikon COOLPIX S4000 digital camera.
  4. A BDI staff award for a Nikon S3000 digital camera was awarded to Maja and Freya Baska from Darlinghurst in NSW.
    Their photo, titled “Bed of Stars”, was a joint entry from the two sisters. Their imaginative photograph depicts a young person in a boat with their dog. “We turned our boat into an exploration boat. A boat that takes you places rather than holds you down,” said the sisters.

Judges also awarded Highly Commended certificates to a number of the participants, including a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Tingha in country NSW. Kelly McMartin provided the following description of her photograph shown on the BDI website  

“My photograph is of two girls (who are actually the same girl), showing that with love and hope you can come out of the darkness into the bright and wonderful world of happiness. 

“My entry symbolizes being in the darks of depression, and with help, coming into a brighter and happier world. It shows that with love you can hold on even when you feel like letting go. There is always a brighter side, a way out. Love is the key to happiness.”  

The top 30 photographs chosen by the Judges are shown on the Blackdog Institute website and include the winners as well as entrants who received Highly Commended awards.

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