Local photographers bag festival prize

Local photographers bag festival prize

The theme of this year’s Wyndham Learning Festival is ‘Our Creative Community’ and in local creatives Ashlee Brown and Thavishi Bandara, the festival has two prime examples.

Brown and Bandara have been chosen as winners of the Way Out West photography competition and will have their photos emblazoned across 5000 bags to be used during the festival from September 1 to 7.

Brown, a 26-year-old mother of three from Werribee, won for her photo of the Werribee River.

Titled ‘Down by The River’ it expresses her deep connection to the river and the feeling of comfort and inspiration it provides her.

15 year old Bandara’s winning entry ‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mother nature’ is a photo of her boots captured on her father’s iPhone.

Bandara added purple laces, flowers from her family’s garden and splashes of water to enhance the image.

The bags will feature one of the two winning photos on one side and the Wyndham Learning Festival logo on the other.

The 2023 program features a wide array of events, but will be headlined by celebrated children’s author Mem Fox who will launch the festival at the Wyndham Cultural Centre on the evening of Friday September 1.

For more details and to register, visit: wynlearnfestival.org.au.