More than words can say

This stunning photograph by 17-year-old Nimbin Central School student Portia Hunter has been named winner of the 2005 Thanks Dad National Photo Competition.

It seems the public liked Portias photo as much as the judges, and she was also recently named the national Peoples Choice winner in Melbourne, with Naomi James from Ballina coming in second.

The positive stories these photos tell balances the often negative public image of men in families, said organiser Chris Hawke. The Thanks Dad competition is all about celebrating the positive times men spend with our children. Men featured can be fathers, granddads, uncles, sports coaches or any man who plays a significant role in the lives of children. It has obviously hit a chord with people it started as a small exhibition in Lismore seven years ago and is now seen by thousands of people Australia-wide. Men often speak with warmth that they were included, and while they may not want to say it publicly, you can see the delight in their eyes that the positive things they do are being acknowledged.

Entries for the 2006 Thanks Dad National Photo Competition are now open for both adults and young people, with prizes in every category.

For more information or an entry form visit www.thanksdadphotos.org or phone Community Connections North Coast on 6622 3143.


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