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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 ‘Fully Focused’ - Australia Awards South and West Asia On-Award Photo Competition!

In March, Australia Awards scholars from Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared their scholarship experiences through ‘Fully Focused’, the first ever on-award photo competition held by Australia Awards South and West Asia.

Through the competition,  scholars currently pursuing their studies under an Australia Awards Scholarship were invited to submit photographs that showcase their Scholarship experience.

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. Tasheen submitted some outstanding photos of his award experience with the winning photo Field trials.

Field trials

“Agriculture Research is a combination of activities which have to be carried out at the desk and in the field. Field trials have the most important place in research as you study and learn different aspects through 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 has broadened my skills to visualize the research themes in a more productive way.”

Runner up – Mahesh Neupane, ‘Nepal emergency earthquake response’

Second prize goes to Mahesh Neupane for his photo Nepal emergency earthquake response taken while working for the Australian Aid at the emergency earthquake response in Nepal in 2015. Mahesh is an Australia Awards scholar from Nepal studying a Master of Engineering Science at the University of New South Wales.

Nepal emergency  earthquake response

This photo was taken in May 2015 while I was working for emergency earthquake response in Nepal during the aftermath of the 7.8 ML earthquake that hit a month earlier. I had already received a 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 could gain more knowledge to serve my country later. I immediately donated AUD 1266 to support those who were affected by the earthquake from the mobilisation fund I received as I arrived here. That donation helped me to satisfy my desire to help. I suffered from PTSD for about a year after that. However, it's getting better now.”

Winners were selected based on how the submitted photographs demonstrated one of the overarching objectives of the Australia Awards South and West Asia program and will receive Co-op Bookshop vouchers.

Congratulations to the winners and all those who submitted entries for the competition!

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