In 2015, Lauren and Misha both made the trip to the Melbourne zoo to spend a day amongst the animals photographing to their hearts delight. You have seen the results and now FF KWC CHOICEMAKER Pete Marshall has made her CHOICES of her favourites. Pete has been in the wild doing the same thing, getting up close and personal to Africa’s animals in their natural environment. So, it was only appropriate she should be the selector for the first collection.



This is a great shot by Misha makes the highest recognition as the TOP CHOICE.. Not only has the photographer ignored the fact the faces of the animals are not in view, she has composed the image very well, to actually make a considered composition of shapes, colours, lights and darks. It is well balanced and interesting, leaving the viewers eye much to take in and assess, but with shape and light being the focus rather than a “portrait” of an animal.  Very well done.


The reflection image caught by Lauren really sets it apart – also the immediate background of the animal provides good strong contrast to its sunlit back.  However, I think better placement of the animal would have enhanced the overall effect.

The words written beneath the images give an idea of how the CHOICEMEAKER evaluated the image and made her selection. They, and others also provide the opportunity to see how a composition or an idea can be improved. 



Lauren has a – great shot – feels very ‘natural’ for the top choice in the category.  Good compositional placement and angle of focus point. The lights and darks balance well and the fact that the left of the insect is in slight shadow, thus a bit richer in colour adds to the composition.


Misha Best in the category would be better without the out of focus tree.


OVERALL BEST OWN CHOICE by Lauren  – this shows greater depth and interest in the background, which compliments the subject nicely and does not over power it.ffzoo15CH-MR5

 MR 5 – Cute Lorikeet in well balanced and colourful photo. To a degree the two out of focus light elements in the background repeat the triangular focal image. Pity about the slash of bright green.


This project has been chosen to continue throughout this year with newcomers to the program being encouraged to add their works to the collection, but also other zoo’s to be included, and wouldn’t that be great to see international locations involved.


 The words and opinions are those of the CHOICEMAKER, and do not necessarily reflect those of FOCUS FORCE. They, and the words written by Dr. Pete Marshall and any other CHOICE MAKER appointed by FOCUS FORCE reflect how they see the images. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we all know that can differ from one person to another.



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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