Poignant photograph wins student a trip to Timor Leste

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Eunie Kim with her Un winning work, “Sunbaker”. Photo: Terry Cunningham

A POIGNANT reworking of Max Dupain’s 1937 photograph, “Sunbaker”, by Canberra Institute of Technology student Eunie Kim, has won her the United Nations Internship to Timor Leste. 

UN national information officer Julia Dean made the announcement at the High Court of Australia on Wednesday (November 27).

The Sun Studios Award for the highest overall achievement in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging went to Terry Cunningham, who generously snapped Ms Kim and her winning work for “CityNews”.

Kim’s winning work, “Sunbaker”, shows the archetypal Aussie sunbather, who, in reality is Kim’s husband James Bolto, lying not on smooth, and white sand but on the parched earth of Australia in the grip of drought.

Ms Dean praised the photographer for her “intellectual rigour”.

Max Dupain’s 1937 photograph, “Sunbaker”.

The United Nations Information Centre, together with CIT run an annual thematic photography competition where the winner is rewarded with an internship with a United Nations Mission in the Pacific region. Previous winners have been posted to Banda Aceh, Solomon Islands, Fiji and also Timor Leste.

The announcement came as the high point of the opening for the photography exhibition by students graduating from the Certificate IV and Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, attended by an estimated 350 guests.

“Horizon”, CIT graduate photography exhibition, High Court of Australia, until December 6. All welcome.

The full list of awards is as follows:

  • JARRAH PARSONS was awarded the CIT STUDENT ASSOCIATION PRIZE for high achievement in the Certificate IV in Photography.
  • EUNIE KIM was awarded the SCOTT OGILVIE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE for high achievement in the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging.
  • SAVANNAH MURLEY was awarded the ARI REX PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE for high A=achievement in the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging.
  • ANDREA BRYANT, a graduate from the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, was awarded the PHOTOACCESS RESIDENCY AWARD.
  • ANDREW PLANT, a graduate from the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, was awarded the AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (AIPP) EMERGING MEMBERSHIP PRIZE.
  • TERRY CUNNINGHAM was awarded the SUN STUDIOS AWARD for the highest overall achievement in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.
  • EUNIE KIM was awarded the UN INTERNSHIP at Timor Leste.
  • CADENA McKENZIE won STUDENT CHOICE.
  • And, FINLAY MARSHALSEY, ISABELLE LORE, JEMIMA SAYERS and MATT ROSENDELL were awarded the CIT / ACT Year 12 Photography Challenge certificate of recognition.

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