Port Macquarie student Grace Kranitis has won a high school award with a photographic tribute to her brother who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
The year 10 student from MacKillop College put in a number of entries in the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition, just three days before the deadline.
"I found out about the competition from my art teacher," she said. "The deadline was getting closer and I only took the the photos in the last couple of days," she said.
"My older brother, Lewis, was diagnosed with brain cancer. The idea came from him making his food from vegies in the garden.
"I also got the idea to take a photo of food outside in the morning light. It looked like such a perfect photo to capture that scene.
"It shows that even with the negatives that come with cancer, you can still have hope and resilience in daily life."
Ms Kranitis has been taking photos as a hobby since year five at school. This year she purchased a camera and drone to follow the pathway of other photographers in Port Macquarie.
"I think to be successful you have to have your own style and be able to take a photo from a different perspective," she said.
"You don't always have to plan the photo, you can just be in the moment and suddenly see something which would make a good photo.
"I think it's important to not always be focused on how you'll take the photo and how you'll edit it. You have to live in the moment and go with what you think looks right.
"I'll probably enter other competitions and probably this one again next year because it's a good way to get your work out there for a business."
Winners of the competition organised by Mid North Coast Local Health District were selected from more than 800 entries and 3,900 images.
Ms Kranitis' photo was selected in the high school category by The Healthy Kids Association for celebrating rainbow of foods for a healthy life.
She was rewarded for her efforts with prizes of a Canon EOS M50 with lens and a Fitbit Charge Three.
Competition organiser and Your Health Link program manager Carolyn Guichard said the standard of the photos submitted this year was outstanding.
"When selecting the winning photos, our judges were looking for unique and creative images that represented a healthy and active lifestyle," she said.
What else is making news, sport.
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE.