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Casino High's sleek geek wins prize and a job at museum

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Brandon Gifford of Casino, sleek geek and Eureka Prize winner for his video Spectacular Spider starring Fango the bird-eating spider.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Brandon Gifford of Casino, sleek geek and Eureka Prize winner for his video Spectacular Spider starring Fango the bird-eating spider. Doug Eaton

CASINO sleek geek Brandon Gifford has won the Australian Museum/University of Sydney Science Eureka Prize for the third year in a row and been offered a position as a research associate at the Australian Museum.

The Casino High School student said it was "incredible" to win the prize again as it gives him a greater opportunity to spread a message of conservation.

He was "ecstatic" to have been offered the position that will allow a bigger audience to see his documentaries.

Brandon won for his documentary Spectacular Spider which was filmed, directed and narrated by the Year 12 student.

This is the third Brandon documentary to win the prize; he looked at snakes and lizards in previous years.

He said he was determined to portray the plight of the misunderstood spiders and hoped viewers would grow to respect, rather than fear arachnids.

"I was more excited about communicating my wider conservation message to the scientists and discussing how the three films have worked as a whole to promote conservation of our incredible wildlife," Brandon said.

He flew to Sydney on Thursday to receive the award and has spent the past couple of days making industry connections, meeting with Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at a lunch yesterday.

Brandon said Mr Spencer gave him contact details of documentary makers.

"He's going to try and help me get into the doco business," Brandon said.

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