Capturing nature in all its glory


Edgewater resident Nathan Yaschenko’s stunning photograph of a Variegated Fairy-wren, Black, Blue and Beautiful, has won the City of Joondalup’s 2018 Capture Nature Photography competition.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob announced the overall winner of the competition earlier today at a ceremony at Joondalup Reception Centre.

Open to young people aged 12-18 years, who either live or study in the City, this year’s competition attracted a record 189 photographers who were asked to submit an original local photograph of a beach, bush or wetland environment with a caption.

This year’s theme is again Capture Nature: Explore your local beach, bushland and wetlands.

Entries were judged on creativity, composition and technique, message and relevance to the theme.

Mayor Jacob said the popularity of this year’s competition indicated that young people within the City were now more than ever connected to their local environment and passionate about protecting and enhancing the City’s natural assets for future generations.

“This great competition allows young people to explore the local environment and capture it in its best light. Given the high calibre of entries, the judges had an extremely challenging job deciding the overall winner,” Mayor Jacob said.

This year’s winner was:

1st place, Nathan Yaschenko (18) for Black, Blue and Beautiful – $300 prize.

Nathan’s caption read: “An exceedingly colourful Variegated Fairy-wren takes a break from his continual darting about to inspect the intruder on his residence.”

The judges said that it was a difficult shot to capture which would have taken patience and it had perfect composition and amazing quality.


  • Rachael Janse Van Rensburg, Duncraig Senior High School, for Raindrop – $200 prize
  • 3rd place, Lottie Deighton, Ocean Reef Senior High School, for Curious Crustacean – $175 prize.
  • 4th place, Nicholas Fantini, Greenwood College, for Goofy Goose – $125 prize.

The Capture Nature photography competition is held in support of World Environment Day (5 June) to raise awareness and promote discussion and action on protecting our precious environment.