Winning Entries

WINNING ENTRIES

The NIISQ Agency are proud to present the winning entries to the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland Photographic Exhibition.

 

FIRST PLACE

Kintsugi: The New Me

Entrant and photographer: Shane Daley

Artist Statement

Kintsugi – When a bowl is broken in Japan, it is put back together with the cracks being filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining. This is to emphasise the beauty in what was once broken. They believe that when something suffered damage and has a history it makes it more beautiful. It is up to us to choose to paint our struggles with gold and make it beautiful. You are not broken beyond repair. You can wear your scars proudly as if to say look at what I have been through. It has made me who I am today. My severe traumatic brain injury included shattered skull and facial bone fractures and broken neck. Every day for me now, is learning how to paint those cracks gold. This image represents the true amount of gold I need to use on an everyday basis to start filling not just the physical but also the emotional cracks that are now a part of The New Me.

The subject of this photograph is living with a traumatic brain injury.

 

SECOND PLACE

Yin and Yang

Entrant and photographer: Sharyn Bartels-Waller

Artist Statement

Life with quadriplegia presents its own inherent challenges, but adding toddler twins into the mix makes for some very interesting days! They have a unique ability to make the bad days good and the good days great. Sure, there are times that being a quadriplegic greatly impedes the parental responsibilities, but when that happens, it’s all about adapting to overcome. If we go out around the block and all they want to do is get out of the stroller and be free, do we just give up and go home? No! Adapt and overcome, make it fun, everybody’s happy – and I think that’s pretty positive!

The subject of this photograph is living with a permanent spinal cord injury.

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

First flight: Project wheels to the sky

Entrant: Jonas Luetke Photographer: Adrian Levi

Artist Statement

Set goals and never give up on your dreams no matter what. Project wheels to the sky. Taking back my space among the clouds after becoming a C6/7 Quadriplegic. The sky doesn’t discriminate.

The subject of this photograph is living with a permanent spinal cord injury.

 

CEO COMMENDATION AWARD

Freedom

Entrant and photographer: Miguel Cayari

Artist Statement

This photograph is a self portrait I took using a tripod. I suffered from a traumatic brain injury last December and was hospitalised for 2 months. Now I am beginning to get back to doing the activities that I used to enjoy before my accident. This photo shows me opening the door and leaving the house with my skateboard, as now I have my freedom again. Even though my legs are still very weak, it just feels good to be back on the board which helps me relieve my stress.

The subject of this photograph is living with a traumatic brain injury.