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Viewed through young eyes
Viewed through young eyes

From New York to Pinjarra, we have been looking at the world through the eyes of the young writers of Western Australia.

We asked youngsters to send us travel stories and pictures as entries for our Young Travel Writer 2012 competition - the fourth year that we have run this competition. And WA's 13 to 17-year-olds did, in all the rich, vibrant hues that young eyes see.

And then came the judging. An experienced panel from _The West Australian _'s Newspapers in Education department - Lynne Cahill, Greta Ambrose and Minh Lam - joined me to consider the entries and to come up with 10 winners.

Lynne "wanted to be told a story" and Greta was looking for pieces that made her want to read on. Minh saw the distinction between a travel story and a story about travel. He says: "I was looking for one that told a story but also about their experience."

Of course, it was not an easy task. We all have different tastes and interests, and there was plenty of discussion over the entries.

But here are the 10 that the panel consensus deemed to be the ones to win a Canon G12 camera each and join us on a workshop day with Western Australian Museum.

For next Thursday, we aim to give them more practical insight and tips to help them with their writing and photography. With the help of Canon's Graeme Carleton, there will be a session on the Canon G12, which is easy to use and gives terrific images. I carry one in my own camera bag.

We will also help the winners with some fundamental photographic techniques.

There will also be workshop sessions with me and colleague Niall McIlroy that cover information gathering and writing techniques. One of our ways of giving a bit back.

We will visit both the Perth and Fremantle Maritime museums, and the specialists there will talk about exhibits and the importance of both venues.

And there's one last part of the prize - that we all get to read and enjoy their work.

So, in these pages, we publish (and in no particular order) five of the 10 winners and next week we will publish the other five.

Congratulations to all who entered, and if your name isn't here, look out for Young Travel Writer 2013 . . .

  • The 10 winners *

·Angela Burvill, St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, Never Sleep.

·Rachel Denham-White, Shenton College, Feeling Ship Shape in Portsmouth.

·Carley Wilcox, John Curtin College of the Arts, London's a Legend.

·Bridey Eggleton, St Mary's College Broome, Rice Fields in Suburbia.

·Jadviga Kobryn-Coletti, Mt Lawley Senior High School, Timeless Tuscany.

·Sophie Tod, Iona Presentation College, Santorini, The Jewel of Greece's Crown.

·Abbey Byfield, Penhros College, Kickin' Back in the Kennedy Ranges.

·Reece Hauxby, Perth Modern School, Hemingway's Hand Grenades.

·Holly Stancombe, Tranby College, Pinjarra - More Than Just a Swamp.

·Jia Ying Kho, Methodist Ladies' College, Spirit of South Africa.