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Young people in Gunbalanya shine on-screen

10 May 2018

Young people from Gunbalanya took to the microphone and camera to share their stories of belonging during Youth Week which took place from 13 to 22 April.
With the support of photographer/film-maker Amy Hetherington, Youth Week participants were able to strengthen their technical skills in photography and film as they visited locations which were important to them.
The young people really demonstrated their skills and creativity through the photos while also providing a glimpse into life and growing up in the Gunbalanya community. 
Following the week of activity, Amy said the young people in Gunbalanya were incredible as they shared their views of home.

“I just arrived, brought out the cameras and instantly some young leaders had taken over the gear and were coordinating interviews and discussing life in Gunbalanya with their peers. It was so great to see. My favourite thing was seeing the improvement in the photography and the video angles; it was all so fast. There’s obviously a real natural flair for filmmaking in West Arnhem Land,” Amy said.
Interviews were also conducted so stay tuned for videos to come.
West Arnhem Regional Council Youth, Sport and Recreation team wish to give a big shout out to the supporting agencies Clontarf Boys’ Academy, Njanjma Rangers and Team Health. 
“It was also great to work with the Njanjma Rangers to document the country and wildlife, I hope some of the things we discussed and practised help them with their work,” Amy said.
Shay from the Njanjma Rangers said they were thrilled to be a part of Youth Week.
“The Rangers thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Youth Week program, and have gained not only new skills in photography and film, but also a new and strengthened interest,” Shay said.
“They are looking forward to what comes next, and using their skills in work and education, and keen to tap more into social media.”