By NEELIMA CHOAHAN
TWO Elanora State School students have used cartoons to explore a deadly serious subject.
Year 7 students, Tahlia Kentwell and Henry North have won the 2006 Building Youth Technology Excellence (BYTE) Awards for their short film "Save Our Oceans" in the animation category.
The film ? which took 12 weeks to make ? uses plasticine models to tell viewers about shark finning - a practice where the creatures are killed for their fins.
Director, script writer and animator Tahlia Kentwell, 12, came up with the idea for the film after watching a documentary on the practice.
Tahlia said she didn't expect to win.
"I was stunned," she said.
Camera person and animator, Henry North, 12, said he entered the competition for the fun of it. "It was worth it to give up the time with my friends," he said.
Media teacher, Tony Miller who helped with the project, said he was very proud of his students.
"They did all the work in their own time.
"They were knocking on my door every morning, bursting to get started," Mr Miller said.
Both students will receive a certificate and a Apple iPod at a presentation at Parliament House this month.
"Save our Oceans" was among 150 entries received from all over Queensland.