16 March 2017
From conducting field trials to exploring new foods and visiting Australia’s tourist icons, Australia Awards South and West Asia scholars have offered us a glimpse into their scholarship experiences through an inaugural photo competition.
Today, the 2017 ‘Fully Focused’ Australia Awards South and West Asia Photo Competition winners have been announced:
Winner – Tahseen Zeb, ‘Field trials’
Tahseen is an Australia Awards Pakistan scholar studying a Master of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania’s Launceston campus
Runner up – Mahesh Neupane, ‘Nepal emergency earthquake response’
Mahesh is an Australia Awards Nepal scholar studying a Master of Engineering Science at the University of New South Wales
To enter the competition, current Australia Awards South and West Asia scholars were invited to submit up to five images of themselves during their scholarship. Each photo needed to be accompanied by a short description of how it demonstrates one of the overarching objectives of the Australia Awards South and West Asia program.
Says Tahseen of of his winning entry:
Agriculture Research is combination of set of activities which have to be carried out on desk and in the field. Field trials have most important place in research as you study and learn different aspects of trial. This brings physical and mental expectations. A good researcher is one who can deliver equally well both in field and on paper. I had some very good experiences while working with some worthy scientists in the field. This broadens my skills to visualize the research themes in more productive way.
And Mahesh explains his entry as follows:
This photo was taken in May 2015 while I was working for Emergency earthquake response in Nepal during 7.8 ML earthquake in April, 2015. I had already received VISA for my departure to Australia. But situation was a lot different in my country then. However, I had to come to Australia, so that I gain more knowledge to serve for my country later. I immediately donated AUD 1266.00 for the support of the Earthquake affected ones, from the mobilisation fund I received as I arrived here. That donation helped me to smoothen myself my helping desire. I suffered from PTSD for about a year after that. However, it’s getting better now.
The prize-winners will receive Co-op Bookshop vouchers. We congratulate Tahseen, Mahesh and all the entrants and wish them the very best throughout their scholarships.
Scope Global manages Australia Awards South and West Asia on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.