Congratulations to the Mercy Youth Awards winners!

04 Sep 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Mercy Foundation Youth Awards! We received in excess of 300 entries and our judges were very impressed with the high standard of the entries.

The winners are:

1stPlace: Phoebe T, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College NSW

The student wins $700 and the school receives $700 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

In 1963, my grandparents brought 832m2 of land in rural NSW 800km away from Sydney. Later that year my grandfather built his home on this area of land. My grandparents raised six children in this house and every year my family returns home.  This house has stood firm against major flooding, the worst being in 2012 when water levels rose 8.98 metres and 4 major droughts. This picture explores the idea of home as it is house my grandfather built and that stood through so much. I am proud and blessed to be able to return to this house.

2ndPlace: Sienna W, St Aloysius’ College Adelaide SA

The student wins $350 and the school receives $350 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

Equal 3rdPlace:  Tania H, Catherine McAuley College, Victoria and Annabelle N, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College NSW

Each student wins $200 and the schools each receive $100 to spend on social justice resources or to donate to a charity addressing social justice in Australia.

Annabelle N:

To me, home means warmth, comfort, welcome, security and love, so I composed this photograph in a way that explores these ideas of home. Pillows symbolise comfort and love – key qualities of a welcoming home where one is loved and everyone feels comfortable. The fire represents warmth within the home – in a physical and psychological sense. Home is a place of shelter to keep warm, as well as a place of love and safety in which families feel warm in each other’s arms. Finally, the keys represent a secure home that one knows will always be there for them and is safe. The multiple keys and chain linked together represent all members of a home and how each individual belongs in the family.

Tania H:
You can easily give someone a roof over their head and call it a house, but it takes much more than that to provide a home. A home is where someone is continuously cared for, supported, free from harm and able to better their own living standards. In my photo, the elderly hand over the younger one symbolises this idea of giving security, compassion and a helping hand to someone who is vulnerable and in need. It creates the sense of comfort and love that says, “you have a home with me now, you don’t have to be afraid anymore”.

Highly Commended: $50 Vouchers

Elise I, Barrenjoey High School

Elsa G, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Grace S-T, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Isabelle P, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Karima T, Catherine McAuley Westmead

Katya D, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Leah W, Chanel College Gladstone

Lily H, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Madalynne F-H, St Paul’s College Kempsey

Olivia F, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Robert K, Oakhill College

Warsha W, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

The school that submitted the most entries was Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, with over 150 students submitting an entry.

Thank you to all the students who entered the competition.