Young happy snappers make the cut

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Cute and colourful images of toys, nature, animals and the outdoors have been captured by some of Sydney’s budding young snappers for the 2016 Little Sydney Lives competition.

Twenty 3–11 year olds from across Sydney have been selected as finalists for the annual photography competition that invites young photographers to capture images of life in Sydney from their perspective.

The finalists’ images, selected from almost 250 submissions, are in the running to win $1,000 in prizes and will have their images blown up and exhibited in Sandringham Gardens in Hyde Park from 15 September to 9 October.

City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone, said the annual competition provides a fascinating insight into how our youngest citizens view their city.

“Our city’s littlest photographers have demonstrated that talent certainly comes in small packages,” Ms Barone said.

“The Little Sydney Lives photography competition is celebrating its sixth year and has become a favourite exhibition among the people of Sydney.

“The creativity of our youngest residents continues to amaze and entertain Sydneysiders and visitors of all ages.

“I encourage everyone to support our young creatives and come along to the exhibition.”

The finalists are:

Nathan Lo 3 Toongabbie

Isabel Kim 4 Surry Hills

Alexander Di Giulio 5 Bondi Junction

Alessandra Murray 5 leichhardt

Samantha Fernandez 6 Quakers Hill

Anya Price 6 Cremorne Point

Alex Saksena 6 Kellyville

Baidyn Milera 6 St Ives

Cj Cartwright 7 Randwick

Maximus Betancurt-Thornton 7 Earlwood

Jasper Tops 9 Burwood

Mia Cleary 9 Meadowbank

Roman Schenoni 10 Marrickville

Matei Stoenescu 10 West Ryde

Alaiya Milera 10 St Ives

Isabella Monro 11 Leichhardt

Dashel Eck 11 Haberfield

Ananya Wakhare 11 Ashfield

Issak Woodland 11 Berala

Jett Leong 11 Willoughby

The Little Sydney Lives winners in each of the 3–7 and 8–11 years categories will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 15 September.

Judges of the Little Sydney Lives competition are award-winning photographer Louise Whelan; artist & designer Liane Rossler; and artist and curator, Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

Little Sydney Lives is the junior counterpart to the prestigious Australian Life photography competition which is part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About year-round program of events, major projects and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces throughout the city.

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