Conducted by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

‘Come, learn what you are in the eyes of God’

Royal Show Recognition

Sam Markham has been interested in photography since his stepfather introduced him to it in when he was in Year 7.  Since then, he has been pursuing it as a hobby and refers to himself a a self-taught photographer.

“Neither of us knew a lot about it, so it was a lot of self-research then coming together to share what we’d learnt.  It was a good experience for us to share and bond over,” Sam said. 

The pair would venture to Lesmurdie Falls or maybe a take late night visits to the city to share their love of photography. Sam’s explains that his interest has mainly been in long exposure photography.

“I really enjoy long exposure photography, light painting, light trails and star trails.”

At the 2019 Perth Royal Show, one of his photographs was awarded first prize in the Youth category at the 34th National Photographic Competition.  500 photos are selected from over 1500 entries. 

Sam’s photo, Arabian Luminosity was also awarded the Best Youth Print and People’s Choice Award at the same show.

Arabian Luminosity Low Res

“I was pretty surprised, I received an email saying that I was invited to the awards evening.  I thought maybe I might receive a ‘merit’, but I was really surprised I actually got an award, let alone first place.” 

“That was pretty exciting to see when I walked in and saw my photo with a big first place ribbon, that was definitely good to see.  I was not expecting it at all.”

Sam has excelled in the creative arts, especially in music, but his focus recently has turned to photography, which he hopes to pursue in the future.

“My photography interests has started to change. I have a passion for Formula One and I’d like to get into motor sport photography, because it blends the two things I enjoy, photography and motor sport,” Sam added.

Judging from the work he has already produced and the effort he puts into his creative pursuits, there is no doubt Sam will achieve his new goal.