The Joondalup Weekender newspaper carries a story about the Second Life photo of the University of Western Australia's iconic clocktower, 'Reflections of Winthrop', being selected to be one of the main images for the UWA Friends of the Grounds calendar for 2012. This breakthrough photo was taken by Jay Jay Jegathesan (SL: Jayjay Zifanwe), Manager of UWA's School of Physics.
Completing the controversially successful showing of SL images in the UWA Friends of the Grounds Photo competition, a predominantly RL challenge, was the fact that a 2nd photo, by Silene Christen (of Spain's Balears Islands) was selected as an inset image for the calendar. L$25,000 had been on offer to anyone who succeeded in taking an SL image into the calendar, and as such Silene will take home L$12,500, while Jay Jay's portion will be used to purchase a number of these calendars to be used as prizes for the Grand Finale of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge and MachinimUWA IV: Art of the Artists to be announced in November 2012.
240 entries were received for this competition which saw entries from Perth, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangkalan, the UK, Germany, France, Spain and the United States. Rachel Craven, representing the selection committee said of the photos from the virtual world, 'The images confounded the judges, stretching their view of the Grounds beyond reality, beyond photography – though a couple slipped into the short list before non-reality hit!'