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2019 'Habitats' Years 11-12 Focus Environment winning image2019 'Habitats' Years 11-12 Focus Environment winning image

2019 'Habitats' Years 11-12 winning image, shot by John Calvin Christian College Armadale student Luan de Mooij.

Each year, school students explore Western Australia’s unique biodiversity through the camera lens and enter their photos into the Chevron Focus Environment Competition.

Chevron Australia has supported the annual photography competition since 2003, which aims to increase awareness among young Australians of the need to safeguard ecosystems for future generations.

Entries open to all WA primary and secondary students from Term 2, close at the end of the Spring school holidays and winners are announced in Term 4 each school year. The competition includes three subject categories reflecting Chevron’s core value of protecting people and the environment:

  • Focus on WA's native species
  • Focus on WA's habitats and ecosystems; and
  • Focus on Sustainability in WA

Above: 2020 'Sustainability' Year 7-10 winning image, shot by Australian Christian College Southlands student Ebony Barker.

Winners and their schools will share in almost $25,000 of available cash prizes, with prizes awarded for Years Kindergarten-2, 3-6, 7-10 and 11-12. In addition to being considered for these prizes, the Lyn Beazley Encouragement Award will be presented to up to five students with a disability or learning difficulty.

Focus Environment also provides students and teachers with a range of education resources linked to the curriculum. 

All finalists will go into the running to win the prestigious Harry Butler Award, presented to one outstanding entry every year that uses the medium of photography and words to raise environmental awareness and understanding.

When Chevron first stepped on to Barrow Island more than 50 years ago, accompanying them was an enthusiastic young conservationist named Harry Butler. Harry was instrumental in instilling a culture of environmental awareness on Barrow Island – a Class A Nature Reserve – and pioneering many components of Chevron’s world-class environmental management.

The Chevron Focus Environment competition is delivered in partnership with Seven West Media. A selection of winning entries will be published in The West Australian in November. 

2023 winning entries

see the winning entries from last year's focus environment competition >