Mikaela wins inaugural Better Teaching, Better Learning Photography Competition

Monash University journalism graduate Mikaela Day has won the inaugural Better Teaching, Better Learning (BTBL) Photography Competition for her amazing photo of Cambodians preparing a traditional banana cake.

“To win I had to select a photo that best captured the essence of learning and teaching,” Mikaela said.

“Having recently returned from a journalism study tour in Cambodia I knew that there would be a few photos that truely captured this.

“I feel very honoured to have my photo selected as overall winner.”

Mikaela Day.
Mikaela Day.

Mikaela will receive a $500 voucher that will be presented at the MU-OLT Citations and Awards Presentation event being held on Tuesday, November 29.


Mikaela’s entry:

Title: Connecting cultures through traditional cooking

From the comfort of Australia to living on an island in the Mekong for five days with no electricity, bucket showers and a language barrier between homestay families, a simple recipe connected all in the photo.

Engineering and journalism students travelled to Cambodia to learn and to experience. During the homestay on the island of Koh Chraeng in Wat Village the barriers between the students and locals were broken down as students learned how to make a traditional banana cake.

The challenge was not being able to communicate with words but to try and teach and learn through touch and taste. A delicacy in rural Cambodia, the cake is prepared for weddings, festivals and other special occasions and the students presence was highlighted as one of these occasions when the local women offered to teach them how to make it.