Aqwest Photo Competition winners for 2017 revealed

The winners of this year's Aqwest Photographic Competition have been announced, following a record number of entries.

This year's theme was ‘water art’ which attracted 280 photographs, up from 235 last year.

The judges looked for creative interpretations of the theme and rewarded those who thought outside of the box.

Bunbury professional photographers, Sarah Henderson, Paul Verhagen and Paul Webster, praised the level of creativity of this year's entries.

Aqwest Photographic Competition judges Sarah Henderson, Paul Webster and Paul Verhagen.

Aqwest Photographic Competition judges Sarah Henderson, Paul Webster and Paul Verhagen.

Kaiden Healy won the 12 years and under category ahead of Ned Gualte, Bryce Kramer and Mia Wilkens while Ruby Gualter claimed the 13 to 17-year-old prize ahead of Kiah Knox, and Grace Huang.

Jewel Bozich won the board prize, with Mia Powell finishing second. 

The winners received prize money for themselves and their schools and their photographs will be included in the popular annual Aqwest calendar.

Aqwest chief executive officer Brad Bevis said the aim of the competition was to raise awareness of the importance of conserving water.

"Water is a precious resource and through this competition we are able to educate students about the importance of saving water in a fun, creative way," Mr Bevis said.

"This is an important audience as these students are the future and will determine how resources such as water are used."