Dylan finds his talent is a winner
DYLAN Willows-Gillam has only been experimenting with photography for a year but has already received a prize for his work.
The Year 12 Evans River student, who has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, had picked up his mum's old camera one day and enjoyed the experience of taking photos.
"I took a camera class and bought myself a Fuji which I had for six months," he said.
"I eventually wanted more in a camera and got a Canon 5D Mark II."
With the encouragement of special needs teacher Connie D'anna at the school, Dylan is a regular sight at many local events, including the announcement of the F-111 plane at the Evans Head aerodrome and many school activities taking photos.
It was also Mrs D'anna who suggested he enter a couple of his photos in the Challenge Disability Art Show in Tamworth, where he came fourth winning $50 for a photo he took of his younger brother Wyatt, four.
"I liked the idea of people looking at my photo which I called My Little Brother'," he said.
"It was a natural smile as he looked at the camera and it all came together."