Photo comp: QiQi Deng, New Zealand
QiQi Deng
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Favourite memory of the Award:
Lying on the side of a small mound to view the stars at our campsite. It's a completely different experience away from the light pollution of big cities.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
Competiting at my first national fencing competition. I was the only person from my team competing at the event, making the experience even more daughting.
New Zealand
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Yes, all of them. I continue to edit my school blog, fence, and play the piano
Tell us the story behind your photo:
What do you need after six hours hiking in the rain? Burnt marshmallows and fire-side horror stories, apparently. Hidden by foliage and port-a-loos from the rest of the campsite, we baked (but mostly burnt) sweet treats and moaned about our foot injuries. Starting the fire was no easy feat; a day of rain had rendered many of the logs lying around useless, but as soon as the fire started, dozens of sore-footed hikers flocked past the port-a-loos with their marshmallows and skewers. I had set up the camera on a tripod, illuminating the crowd with brief flashes of light to try and capture the merry gathering, not just an orange flame blanketed by night. This image captures anything but a merry gathering, rather, a scene more akin to a coven. We all thought it was hilarious that Maudie--who was trying to share marshmallows--had such incredible resemblance to a ghost.
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