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Visual Art student makes every postcard a winner

25 Mar 2013

NMIT Diploma of Visual Art (Photomedia and Printmaking stream) student Vicki Catchpole says winning a $1000 prize at the Linden Postcard Show was a great reward for all her hard work.

The Footscray resident, who studies part-time and works as an emergency nurse, won the Yarra Tram Award for her “painting with light” image. Vicki took the photo in a park at night-time using a long exposure and setting up the shot with the help of her mum, an art teacher and former NMIT student.

Vicki developed the image in classes at NMIT last year and decided to enter the competition after getting positive feedback from her peers. “One of the topics we did in class was painting with light and that's what I did. I drew the picture of the man with a pen torch.” Vicki, 37, now hopes to build on her success by entering the Kodak Salon, an open-entry photographic exhibition. “I love photography because you get to see the results straight away, especially with a digital camera.”

Each year, the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts runs a postcard show, the largest open-entry exhibition in Australia. The postcards are exhibited at the centre's 19th century mansion in St Kilda. This is the second time in three years that an NMIT student has won a prize. Previous winner, Catherine van Merkestein, is now studying Fine Arts at RMIT.

See the Image at the Talking About NMIT Blog: Yarra Tram Award for Visual Art student

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