Photo comp: Iris Chen, Australia
Iris Chen
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Favourite memory of the Award:
My favourite memory of this award was when my friends and I woke up early at camp and found a kookaburra, which followed us while we ate breakfast. The best part of this memory was that it then tried to steal our cereal, which I think scarred one of my friends for life, but it also provided us with a good laugh.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
One of my biggest fears is tight spaces and being trapped. On the caving camp, we encountered many caves and took turns leading each other through them. When it was my turn to lead, I had to lead the group through a slim and tight hole in the cave where we had to climb up a thin and wobbly ladder. Though it was very scary, I found that leading my group was easier than I thought, and I had the revelation that when you're helping people, or your friends especially, it's easy to forget about your fears as you have to concentrate on helping your friends first.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Yes, I finished my Bronze Award last year in 2021, and I've recently finished my SIlver Award as well, and I am hoping to start my Gold Award as soon as I turn 16.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
The photo depicts my Bronze Caving camp which I partook in last year at Margaret River. In this photo, my friends and I were standing in front of the Ngligi Cave sign. This photo means a lot to me, as I felt that I got a lot closer to my friends during camp, even though I'd known them for ages, and they really helped me get through the camp and especially the caves, which I had a big fear of. At this camp, we also had a lot of fun spending time together and exploring the caves and the wildlife/environment around us, and I'm very grateful for both this experience and my friends, thus the reason why I chose this photo.
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