Rachel Tan - “My photography hobby that helped me win the 2017 Otago Bulletin Photo Competition”


Rachel Tan

Rachel is a PhD candidate at the Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago. She likes to meet people and is a big fan of nature and photography.

Last week, I was honoured to be chosen as the overall winner of the “2017 Otago Bulletin Board Staff Photo Competition”. My wonderful friends, Tracy and Naoko, made time to go along with me to the prize-giving ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by the Otago Bulletin Editor, Lisa Dick and the Communications Office staff, and held at the Staff Club – where currently, all the competition winners and notable entry photographs are displayed.

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It was lovely to receive a gift bag from Lisa Dick, and I felt excited to be congratulated by the University of Otago’s professional photographer, Sharron Bennett. I was able to share with them the story behind my photograph which was taken during my research trip to Zanzibar. I captured the photo because I was mesmerised by the fullness of life in the frame.

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After the win I reflected on my hobby of photography. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” prompted me to consider learning photography. Three years ago, I picked up the hobby for two reasons. One, for the sake of connecting my experiences of living abroad with my family and friends. Two, to print out pictures and photobooks as mementos for myself and loved ones.

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