Joey pic bounds to top place in UC photo comp

Joey pic bounds to top place in UC photo comp

Alison Dance

10 December 2013: An American exchange student has taken out the top prize in the Study Abroad Photo Competition for Inbound Students with a picture she said demonstrates the “kind and hardworking nature of Australians.”

Whitney Cranmore was voted the overall winner of the photo competition, which gives international students on exchange at the University of Canberra the chance to share their Australian experiences.

The 21-year-old’s photo features her close encounter with a joey, but she believes it is the story behind the image that captured people’s hearts.

“A friend I met here took me to visit their grandma’s farm where she cares for rescued native Australian animals, everything from kangaroos to koalas and wombats,” Ms Cranmore said.

Whitney Cranmore

The winning photo by American exchange student Whitney Cranmore. 

“She’s a remarkable lady running a 350-acre property by herself at 80 and almost all of her food is homemade. She really inspired me and I think she shows how friendly and hardworking Australian people are.

“I tried to show this in my photo and also the experience of holding a baby kangaroo, which is something not a lot of people get the chance to do,” she added.

Ms Cranmore’s exchange fulfilled a childhood dream for the student who studies in Utah and is from Corvallis Montana in the US.

“I’ve always wanted to come to Australia ever since I was a little girl. I just love the scenery and all the animals. I’ve always wanted to go to the Great Barrier Reef, which I did and yes, I found Nemo and Dory!”

When she wasn’t travelling to the Whitsunday’s and Jervis Bay, Ms Cranmore studied exercise science during Semester Two this year.

“I really liked the tutorials; they were great and had a lot of resources, which helps with the course work,” she said.

The fourth-year student lived on campus, which she said added to her exchange experience as “it was a great way to meet people and we were like a family”.

Ms Cranmore is now aiming to visit the Gold Coast and New Zealand before travelling home where she plans to encourage other students to consider exchange at the University.

“Going on exchange has been great, I’ve met so many people and seen so many amazing things. It has been a blast and I will definitely be encouraging people to come and study here.”

To view all the winning pictures visit the Study Abroad Photo Competition for Inbound Students webpage.