Green teen snaps up a prize for tips

17:00, Aug 26 2014

An Oakura youth's photojournalistic efforts have won him a trip to Cyprus to boost his reporting skills.

Omata School student Joe Wagstaff, 13, won the photo category of the Young Reporters for the Environment: Litter Less Campaign.

The international competition was aimed at encouraging youths to investigate a local litter issue and its effects. It was split into article, photographic, and video categories.

Oakura School students Anna Newton, Kate Roberts, Phillipa Marshall and Jade Williams won the video category for their clip, Save The World.

Joe will travel to Cyprus next month to attend a four-day workshop, where he will visit landfills and also pick up tips on what makes a successful environment reporter.

His photograph series, Vanishing, showed a boy holding a sign that read "Our Goal" , with a pile of rubbish under his feet that slowly "disappeared" as viewers work their way through the pictures.

Joe said New Zealanders were "pretty good" at keeping their country clean and green.

He was a member of his school's bush council for two years, dedicated to looking after Omata Bush.

Joe and his friends had also recently created a video game where players earned points for picking up rubbish and getting rid of pests as part of his class Guardians of the Bush learning inquiry.

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