Kids zoom in on wildlife photos

STUDENTS from Victoria Point State High School and Russell Island State School, from left, Grace, Chloe, George and Joe, work together to photograph a bearded dragon.
STUDENTS from Victoria Point State High School and Russell Island State School, from left, Grace, Chloe, George and Joe, work together to photograph a bearded dragon.
A the wildlife filming workshops: (back from left) Liam Tucker(Russell Island teacher) Megan, Timothy, Julie Geldard, Cheryl, Martin (Geckoes Wildlife). (Front from left) Eliza, Grace Beth, Cloe, George, Isabel.

A the wildlife filming workshops: (back from left) Liam Tucker(Russell Island teacher) Megan, Timothy, Julie Geldard, Cheryl, Martin (Geckoes Wildlife). (Front from left) Eliza, Grace Beth, Cloe, George, Isabel.

The recent school holidays became a fun learning experience for a group of Redlands students.

The Filming Wildlife workshop program, offered by local photographic instructor Julie Geldard, was sponsored by Redland City Council conservation grants and attracted more than 120 students. Workshop filming sessions were held at five locations across the Redlands and wildlife was supplied by Geckoes Wildlife.

Editing workshops will follow on August 16 and 23 at Capalaba library, from 9am- 1pm.

"The aim of the program is to increase wildlife awareness, to foster creativity and to provide students with skills to express their wildlife concerns through the art of film. From the feedback it seems we certainly succeeded," Julie said.

Julie set up a blog so students who missed the sessions can log on and watch tutorials.

The program helps students connect with wildlife and consider simple ways to be wildlife aware in our community.

"Most students were very keen to proceed to enter Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch's Cicada Award film competition," Julie said

"The Cicada Award is looking for excellence in film or animation with a wildlife conserv- ation theme. It offers great prizes as well as raising awareness and I'm encouraging the students to put these new skills into practice."

To learn more about filming, editing or entering the Cicada Awards log on to http://living wildlifeaware.vidpicpro.com/

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