When it comes to taking photos, nine-year-old Max Simpson certainly punches above his weight.
Max won the under-18 category of the recent Melbourne PhotoMarathon.
The Haileybury College student was the youngest contestant in the field but stunned his competitors with his nine images taken on nine subjects within nine hours.
He stunned himself too. “My aunty took a video of me and my mouth was wide open in amazement when I won,” Max told CBD News. “Everyone was looking at me.”
He said his older competitors were good sports about his win and wanted to know his entry number so they could check his work on display at Magnet Gallery in Bourke St.
And, with another eight years in the same category, Max is going to be hard to beat in coming years.
He said the photo marathon encouraged him to think differently about otherwise ordinary subjects.
“It makes you look at the town differently,” he said. “You see something and it makes you think about it in a different way.”
Max won a film-based fish-eye camera. Being a child of the digital era, he explained to CBD News that he would have to wait to see the photos he had taken so far because it had “tape” in it!