FFR12-BD1For the second year in a row, Benjamin Daniels has racked up a second Rockley category winner, this year taking the coveted ROCKLEY OVERALL BEST. It goes without saving that in the eyes of the judge, the image of the daisies is absolutely stunning. Taken within days of the advent of Spring 2012, Benjamin title the submission; “WELCOME”.Secondly, his image of hanging glass bubbles took out the recognition as the BEST IMAGE WITH A PROP. As the result he has had quite a rewarding year for the ’13 awards.Benjamin made the trip to the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW to be presented with his certificate by the parents of a former ROCKLEY AWARD winner, Bruce and Yvonne Cutler, who’s son Will who took out the award in 2004. Ironically the day after the presentation, Will turned 21, and is in his final years of an engineering course, where his photographic prowess will no doubt be a benefit to him.

ffrtbgspringfestival12- or9 The sought after FLEUR AWARD for the best close up went to Tasmania’s FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras participant Olivia Rainbird.The beautiful flower pic was taken by her at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens in Hobart.Olivia who traveled to Melbourne with both her parents and younger brother Bob for the show and to accept her certificate, once again wore the Junior Official Photographer badge, and like Benjamin’s we look forward to seeing the first submissions for the 2014 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO AWARDS.
FFROCSUB13 JB9Totally Tulip
FFROCSUB13 JB7 Dried DaisyTall as a Tulip The third one to do well in the awards was Pomonal youngster Jarli Blackmore who topped the leader board in two categories. First was the newly introduced INNOVATIVE Award,( (Right)and then he also claimed the Award for the BEST IMAGE OF A SINGLE FLOWER. (left) Not a bad feather to put in his cap.
rockley-garden-circa 1962 WATCH IN THE COMING DAYS FOR MORE UPDATES & NEWS OF SUCCESSES IN THE 2013 FOCUS FORCE KIds With Cameras ROCKLEY AWARDS and stories from the show.You will also be ab to follow what is happening with the POP PIKz Poll in which several hundred people have cast their votes.

photo 3 LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THOSE PHOTOS TAKEN TO BE PUBLISHED ON THE FOCUSFOR website. And of course, don’t forget to hurry and make up your PINHOLE CAMERA WITH YOUR EXCLUSIVE DESIGN fopr a chance to WIN THE CAMERA. Comp closes April 20th. Cmon, Mum and Dad – give em a hand! Image from Sarah is the first to be a contender for the TOP 100 at the show. Well done!

HARVEY NORMAN Photographics; Frankston for helping with the enlargments. QV Melbourne for providing prizes for the PINHOLE CAMERA competition, and for the inaugural JAS AWARD. For supporting the program in their area Moonah (Tasmania).

MINUTEMAN PRESS (Melbourne) for last minute help with design and printing especially Nikki, of the PINHOLE CAMERA & CAMERA CLUES SHEETS.


About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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