Students capture safety of their community

NORTHGATE Shopping Centre was transformed into a modern gallery during October, featuring photographs taken by young people who live, study, shop, work or play in the city of Glenorchy.

The exhibition, “Safe Places – Snapping Perceptions”, aimed to utilise the power of imagery to portray the safe aspects of everyday life.

Entries were submitted by students aged 15 to 18-years with the majority of entries coming from Claremont and Elizabeth College.

The exhibition featured 43 photographs that attracted more than 550 votes with an estimated 2000 people viewing the exhibition.

This year’s winners were Harrison Philpot from Elizabeth College for his work entitled ‘Villain’ and Brianna Grainger-Smith from Claremont College for her work ‘Hideaway’.

The competition included two sections, one that showcased images of Northgate Shopping Centre as a safe community place, and the other that illustrated a new concept called “GlenHoodie”, which featured photos that depicted positive images of young people wearing hoodies.

Students were encouraged by their teachers, Chris Sierink from Elizabeth College and Dean Schuettpelz from Claremont College, to be creative and experimental, which was reflected in the photographic entries.

Police statistics suggest that Glenorchy is one of the safest cities in Tasmania, despite perceptions that wrongly suggest that the city has a high crime rate.

As the major event sponsor, Northgate supported the council through the Safer Communities Committee, which curated and co-ordinated the exhibition.

Harvey Norman Moonah supported the event by donating the printing of the photographs.

The exhibition will be held again in 2017 with the theme of “We Are Who We Are”.

For more information about the initiative contact Lisa Rudd on phone 6216 6317 or email

Caption: ‘Villain’ by Harrison Philpot from Elizabeth College.

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