STAWELL - If you are in any doubt about the quality of photographs being exhibited at this year's Stawell Show look no further than fourteen year old Olivia Simpkin.
The year nine Stawell Secondary College student is aiming to collect not her first junior class prize, but her fifth at Stawell this weekend.
Olivia first claimed the title back in 2006 and has entered what the judges have decided was the best piece in the last three consecutive years (2010, 2011 and 2012) as well.
Adding to the local accolades, Olivia's talent was reinforced statewide recently when she was awarded first prize in her class at this year's Royal Melbourne Show making her the best junior photographer in all of Victoria.
The photograph she entered wasn't your average run of the mill snap, with Olivia challenging her ability to produce an image that would match it with entrants from across the state who like her, have a keen eye for the lens.
"I wanted to try something different and it was a bit of a tricky shot, but it came up well," she said.
The image captured one of Olivia's cousins in full flight at a regional show jumping event.
She said the shot was a challenge in that she had to time perfectly the moment when she took the photo with the movement of both the horse and rider at the jump.
Olivia said she has enjoyed photography from a very early age and over the years some of her favourite portraits were of flowers and animals.
She said her strong interest in the hobby stems from a love of animals and our natural surroundings.
She isn't ignorant to the array of photo subjects in our region, taking advantage of the many landmarks and attractions the town has at its doorstep including Venus Baths and other scenic spots in the Grampians.
As part of the local camera club she has also ventured to places including Werribee Zoo and when she gets older she hopes to travel the world.
Olivia is encouraging anyone else who has a flare for photography to make the most of it.
"It would be really good if we could get more entries and people involved because it is a great thing to be a part of," she said.