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Striking shot captures mighty lake in decline

Saturday, 21st June, 2014

“Sunset at Lake Menindee” beat out almost 140 images from around the world to be placed as a runner-up at the University of Queensland’s POLSIS (Political Science and International Studies) International Photography Competition. “Sunset at Lake Menindee” beat out almost 140 images from around the world to be placed as a runner-up at the University of Queensland’s POLSIS (Political Science and International Studies) International Photography Competition.

By By Erica Visser

Every Christmas, Leia Haskard returns to Broken Hill to see her family but during her last trip she captured something spectacular.

Leia, who was raised in Cobar, is studying political science and international relations at the University of Queensland.

The university holds an annual photography competition that asks entrants to capture a dimension of world politics.

This year, the competition received a hundred and forty entries and among those shortlisted were powerful shots taken in Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and the UK.

So it’s an achievement that Leia’s photo, of Menindee Lakes sunset, was placed as one of just two runners-up.

The image, which she took last Christmas, now hangs in the political science department of her university.

“The slant I took on the photo was regarding water management in the Murray-Darling Basin,” Leia told the BDT.

“The artistic element to it was intriguing, it’s very picturesque ... but it also shows the changes in water management that have resulted in a jetty that once led up to the water now looking dry and rusted.

“The photos submitted in the competition were from across the world, some in war zones and areas of conflict, so I was a bit proud that Menindee and water management issues in Australia made the finals.

“The photo’s now on the wall and those professors and lecturers write policy for water management in Australia, so I think it’s great that they get to see that and be reminded of its importance.

“It’s so easy in the city to forget people out in regional areas so I hope this is reminding people that water is a life source; there’s whole communities out there depending on it.”

Leia will graduate at the end of the year and hopes to then further her studies.

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