ACT Chief Minister's Anzac Spirit Prize 2018
Winning Entries for the Anzac Spirit Prize
The ACT Education Directorate is pleased to announce that the two winning entrants of the 2018 Anzac Spirit Prize competition. Louisa Holloway of Campbell High School and Ebony Lyons from Covenant Christian School will be act as ambassadors for the ACT at the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel commemorative service and tour of the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Louisa Holloway produced a series of photographs reflecting on the price of war that depicted the experiences of a soldier, a nurse and a family. The portrait of a soldier captured themes surrounding the loss of life and the psychological and physical impacts on those who returned. The portrait of a nurse captured their contributions and sacrifices, the empathy and support they extended to soldiers and the personal risks they undertook doing so. The portrait of a woman in black captured the anxiety and struggles of families on the home front. The subjects of the portraits were dressed in historical attire and the photographs were of professional quality. The photo frames we decorated with quotes presenting differing perspectives on the experience of war. The full entry with quotes can be viewed here.
Ebony Lyons produced a sculpture reflecting on the dimension of lost time as the price of war. A wire bust represented soldiers in context of the battlefield conditions on the Western Front. A clock whose hands were placed at a time shortly after the armistice was signed represented the challenge of moving forward at the close of war. Connecting the wire bust to the clock were a stream of handwritten letters containing the original words of an array of individuals that had experienced the war, symbolising a single line of connection across distance and time.