FOR someone so young, Bryce Ostini has already achieved more than many will in a lifetime.
The 17-year-old has been a talisman for the Cancer Council for six years, won the joint 2012 Orange young citizen of the year award with his brother Kyle, and after branching out in photography he has the chance to focus on it as a career.
He, and mentor Zenio Lapka, have been appointed to visually document Erebus Motorsport team’s effort to maintain supremacy, and defend its 2013 Liqui Moly 12 hour endurance sports car title in February.
Mr Ostini said the position is the chance of a lifetime, and one he won’t take for granted.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said.
“Eventually I’d like to make photography a career, and this will help.”
Mr Ostini said photography ran in his genes, and his mother Sandra inspired him to take it up.
“I started by just taking photos of my dog,” Mr Ostini laughed.
“I just sort of fell into it, mum was always photographing things, just about every day. I love trying to find things that are unusual, or unique to photograph.”
Mr Ostini’s ambition to become a professional photographer is hardly a pipedream, he is already head photographer for the Orange Runner’s Club, Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club and Orange High School.
Mr Ostini’s talent does not finish when he slides his lens cap back on though. Together with Kyle, he has managed to raise upward of $30,000 for the Cancer Council over the past six years via Daffodil Day, Relay For Life and the pair’s own fundraising initiatives.
Mr Ostini has used his also used his links with sporting clubs to raise funds, taking part in the Shave For a Cure campaign while competing in the Mudgee marathon, and the state swimming championships.
The cause is close to the family’s heart, as Sandra Ostini was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.
“We started our fundraising before [mum was diagnosed], she was on the committee for years,” he said.
“It’s very satisfying, and we definitely want to keep going in the future,” Bryce continued.
“This is my first year on the committee, I’ve always helped but this the first year I’ve stepped up.
“It would be great to use the charity work and photography together. I haven’t set any goals but I’m certainly open to it.”
The Liqui Moly 12 hour endurance sports car takes place at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama from February 7-9.