Fresh from snapping the delicious produce at Queen Victoria Market, photographer Eliana Fava spontaneously captured her family home in the side mirror of her car. Little did she know the resulting photo would be worthy of an award.
The modest Ascot Vale mother of two was among six residents to receive an award from Moonee Valley mayor Jan Chantry at the Clocktower on Friday, where the winners of The Urban Ecology Photo Competition were announced.
Eliana trained her lens on the safe environment of her street, ensuring the neighbours’ houses on either side of her home were in the frame to reflect the family-like warmth of their company.
The competition offered photographers four themes of inspiration – backyards, parks and reserves, water and waterways, and streetscapes. Awards were given to four adults in an open category as well as two talented under 18-year-olds.
Eliana finds comfort among the natural surrounds of Moonee Valley.
“I hear so many birds singing, it’s just fantastic, and it’s because there are trees. It’s beautiful,” she said.
The photographs will be on display at the Clocktower Centre until October 20.
Originally published at The Weekly Review.