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Menzies College pupil Allesha Ballard (17) attended the launch of the 2008 New Zealand Schools Photographic Competition finalists' exhibition on April 3.
Three of the four photographs she submitted for the competition are being exhibited at Te Papa.
Her photograph titled Boys fishing was given the honour of being one of only two photographs formally unveiled to the public at the launch.
The photograph was of two boys fishing off the wharf in Bluff and Allesha described it as ‘‘a bit of kiwiana''.
Allesha, who has been doing photography for two years, said she was mentored by Southland photographer Vicki Mae Stenton, who was ‘‘pretty awesome''.
Stenton said it was ‘‘absolutely amazing'' Allesha's work had been selected to be exhibited.
‘‘She has a lot of talent and could go a long way,'' Stenton said.
As part of the Menzies College ‘‘Gateway'' programme, Allesha travels to one of Stenton's studios every Thursday to gain experience and to see how a studio works.
‘‘We really enjoy having her here in the studio. She's lovely and really has an eye for it. We are really proud of her,'' Stenton said.
Allesha said she hoped to go to a design and art school after high school and eventually start her own photography business. - Tim Buckingham