Microbiologist wins photography competition

They say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and for Caylee Ho, her camera illustrates what her eye beholds.

Caylee has been pursuing her photography hobby for the past four years and works around her full-time role as a Microbiologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Caylee first took interest in photography when she was pregnant with her daughter.

“I invested in my dream camera and started taking photos of babies, children and families. If I’m not culturing bacteria in the Microbiology lab, I’m bringing my camera everywhere to capture precious moments of the life around me,” said Caylee.

Capturing these special moments has today landed Caylee a winning entry into the Westmead Redevelopment Photography Competition. Her ‘Newborn’ photograph earned Caylee third place out of 790 entries received worldwide.

“The inspiration behind my photograph is to capture the purest form of love that parents have for their newborn baby. There are no props and no distractions in the photograph to only capture that simple unconditional love for a baby,” said Caylee.

Caylee’s photograph will be one of 26 photographs due to be installed in the new Central Acute Services Building when it opens on 20 October 2020.

“I decided to enter the Westmead Redevelopment Photography competition because photography is my passion. To have the opportunity to have my artwork framed at my workplace means the world to me,” said Caylee.

The photographic competition is part of the Westmead Redevelopment’s Art and Culture Strategy. This strategy brings together partners from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital to ensure art is embedded in the DNA across the Westmead Health Precinct.

Caylee's winning photograph is currently being displayed in the Galleria (Level 2) of The Children's Hospital at Westmead.