Tia Scott’s winning photograph on the dangers of drug abuse.
Tia Scott’s winning photograph on the dangers of drug abuse.

Putting the focus on drug dangers

A PHOTOGRAPH highlighting the lethal consequences of drug abuse has won a young Billinudgel woman a prize in a NSW arts contest.

Tia Scott, 19, was born in Eureka and won the award for her striking digital photograph illustrating the theme Hero to Zero.

Ms Scott’s image, titled A Prior Engagement, shows a glamorous young woman passed out, or dead, on a tile floor with an empty pill bottle beside her.

The image was an entry in Play Now Act Now, an online arts festival for 16 to 25-year-olds in NSW.

Ms Scott’s entry won the People’s Choice Award for June.

She collected $100 and qualifies for the grand final in October, which has a cash prize of $2000.

Although she posed for the picture herself, Ms Scott said she was able to deal with the pressures put on young people to drink and take drugs.

“It has something to do with who you associate with, and with making choices for yourself rather than being influenced by your peers,” she said.

Today’s society was saturated with drug and alcohol use, Ms Scott said.

“As a young person I am surrounded by it, and I have to deal with it regularly.”

Ms Scott finished Year 12 at Woodlawn last year and plans to go to Southern Cross University next year to study visual arts and secondary education, with a view to becoming an art teacher.



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