Media Release: Healthy Urban Habitat video competition – winners announced

4 June 2014
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A 12 year old has taken top honours in a Healthy Urban Habitat Keep Calm and Garden On video competition.

Flynn SewardFirst prize winner Flynn Seward holding his new prize – Hero 3 Black edition Go Pro camera. Flynn Seward, of Flemington, wrote, directed, acted and edited a three minute winning entry – A Guide to Sustainable Gardening – which showcased various aspects of sustainable gardening and featured tips on composting, garden layout and effective watering.

The judging panel, which included a second year RMIT film student to assess the technical merits of the film, judged the young film maker’s documentary piece to demonstrate clear filming, impressive ‘stop animations’ as well as effectively demonstrating key aspects of sustainable gardening.

Larry Jackson was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ award for his short documentary, ‘Kiana’s Healthy Urban Habitat video, which offered touches of humour interspersed with his young daughter Kiana interviewing her two great grandparents about how garden water usage has changed since the 1940s.

Kiana with grandmotherKiana Jackson (right) winner of the People’s Choice award with her great grandmother Mary Cross. With so many high quality entries, Honourable Mentions were awarded to the following short films:

  • Waterwise Container Garden with Worm Tower by Samuel Richard. A practical and appealing how to video
  • This Childish Plot by Richard Monfries. A touching documentary, which encompassed some excellent water efficiency messages
  • Betty the Bee and the Apple Tree by Jacqueline Bender. A high quality documentary that features striking cinematography that showcases the beauty of bees and the important work they do pollinating our gardens.

City West Water Managing Director Anne Barker said the competition is a great way for amateur film makers and avid gardeners to practice their hobby and spread the message about the benefits of sustainable gardening.

Video is such an effective way for the community to share knowledge and information, and we're thrilled at the response that this competition has received, Ms Barker said.

Congratulations to Flynn for his wonderful informative video production and well done to all the other entries that serve to keep the community aware of the latest trends in environmentally sustainable gardening.


Healthy Urban Habitat video competition winning entry and ‘People’s Choice’ award videos:

A guide to sustainable gardening - winning entry

Flynn aged 12 who has written, directed and acted in his own short, creative movie which even features animations to demonstrate his handy tips for creating a sustainable vegetable patch.



Kiana's healthy urban habitat video competition - ‘People’s Choice’ award

Kiana interviews her great grandmother who tells us how her garden water usage has changed since the 1940’s and shares some helpful sustainable tips for today.

Video entries are available on the Healthy Urban Habitat website, along with descriptions of each video.