By BEN HOPE
Next time you buy a stamp, keep an eye out for Queanbeyan\’s Leki Uilelea.The eight-year-old Karabar resident will appear on the latest Australia Post series, which features the top five images from a national photography competition.Suzanne Wilson took the winning shot of her son, Little Man\’s Business as he learned how to perform a traditional Wedge Tail Eagle dance with Wiradjuri elder Duncan Smith.Leki was learning the dance as part of a three-day short film shoot, Dust up, on the Anzac Day long weekend last year.\”It was a beautiful thing. The fact that we were making a short film at the time was kind of incidental to a lot of it,\’\’ Mrs Wilson said.\”They sat down and talked through things and discussed the significance of the dance. It was an intimate thing and it was a privilege for me to watch. You don\’t usually get to see a lot of that sort of stuff.\”Seeing how strong he is, and how focused – how could a mother or a nation be more proud of the way he is a living Australian.\’\’
Checking through her photos from the shoot, a friend recommended Mrs Wilson enter some of her images in a competition run by the Australia Day Council of New South Wales (ADCNSW).The competition encouraged Australians to explore the theme of `Who We Are\’ as a nation.Mrs Wilson said she submitted 10 photos to the competition but Little Man\’s Business was the most meaningful for her because of the context in which it was taken.\”Leki was being tutored and brought into a community,\’\’ she said.\”There are a whole lot of cultural overtones that the image evokes for me.\”It\’s all about him finding his identity as an Australian and reconciling the messages about how to be a good person. Being connected to his country really helps.\’\’Little Man\’s Business was chosen as one of 20 finalists from more than 3350 photos submitted from across the country.
The public was then invited to vote on their favourite images and the final five winners were decided.The top images were released as 60 cent stamps in the Living Australian series on July 5. (Source-Queqnbeyqn age)