Schools Photographic Competition

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The Friends run an annual photographic competition for high school and college students, which is now in its 21st year. This is a great way to encourage young people to express their appreciation of Australian native plants through artistic creativity. In doing so, young photographers have an opportunity to explore and enjoy these wonderful Botanic Gardens – the world’s most comprehensive collection of Australian cultivated plants.

The competition is open to students in Years 7 to 12 attending Australian high schools and colleges. Entries can be submitted individually or through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The competition consists of three categories:

  • Monochrome
  • Colour
  • Altered Images

Cash prizes are awarded for 1st to 3th place and for Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C) winners in each category.

Additional awards are given to the photographic departments of the school/college of each first and second prize winners. There is also one People’s Choice award (over all categories).

2017 Competition

This year Ms Helen McFadden of the Canberra Photographic Society judged the 280 entries.

The prize presentation ceremony was held on Saturday 28 October 2017 in the ANBG Theatrette. Entries are now on display in the ANBG Visitor Centre until Sunday 12 November, and visitors are encouraged to vote for a People's Choice award worth $50.

Monochrome

  No Title Student Name  School
1st 211 Spike Elise Kellett Dickson College
2nd 18 A Bugs Life Heather Duncan Canberra College
3rd 170 Spots Before Me Aidan Warland Mt Stromlo High School
4th 128 Grey Giant Diana Morton Canberra High School
5th 39 Rainy Garden Abbie Don UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
HC 24 B&W Texture Leafs Tegan Hanrahan Canberra College
HC 33 Fern Inderpreet Singh Canberra College
HC 41 Little Tied Up Jacinta Jackson UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
HC 210 I've Got My Eye on You Elise Kellett Dickson College
HC 220 In Memoriam Emily Duggan Dickson College
C 94 Great Tree Claire Canning Canberra High School
C 275 Last Man Standing Emily Huynh Trinity Christian School
C 163 Time Celeste Stone Mt Stromlo High School
C 121 The Tree   Deni Lanc Canberra High School
C 228 Blind to Beauty Jade Harrison-Will Dickson College
C 227 Botanic Tigress Jade Harrison-Will Dickson College
C 78 Wishes Amelia Cox Canberra High School
C 71 Park Bench Ella Douglas Canberra High School
C 169 Logs Aidan Warland Mt Stromlo High School

 

Colour

  No Title Student Name  School
1st 29 The Garden in Zoom Amanda Joyner Canberra College
2nd 208 Lace Elise Kellett Dickson College
3rd 6 Leaves Harry Egerton Canberra College
4th 173 Late Lunch Jeremy Markwick Mt Stromlo High School
5th 113 Allure Saskia Shepherd Canberra High School
HC 25 Textured Bark Tegan Hanrahan Canberra College
HC 200 Yellow   Shannen Carter Erindale College
HC 38 Smirk Abbie Don UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
HC 12 Flower in the Rough Catriona Emanuel Canberra College
HC 249 Macro 5 Oscar Paxton Dickson College
C 209 Purple Spiral Elise Kellett Dickson College
C 188 The Haunted Bench Amber Azzopardi Karabah High School
C 171 Elephant Ears Dyllan Sack Mt Stromlo High School
C 75 Happy Chloe Yates Canberra High School
C 226 The Curious Traveller Jade Harrison-Will Dickson College
C 35 Rose Inderpreet Singh Canberra College
C 42 Old and Wrinkly Jacinta Jackson UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
C 85 Man in the Mist Liam Richards Canberra High School
C 264 Moss Mountains Hugh McCormack Marist College
C 194 Life  Madison Walker Erindale College

 

Altered images

  No Title Student Name  School
1st 4 Wattle Cubism Alexei Salpeter Canberra College
2nd 27 Distort Waterfall Tegan Hanrahan Canberra College
3rd 176 Fern Face Jaz Logan Mt Stromlo High School
4th 117 Heart of Australia Imogen Rayner Canberra High School
5th 40 Imma Queen Jacinta Jackson UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
HC 3 Flower Collage Alexei Salpeter Canberra College
HC 112 Buzz Buzz Sally Avis Canberra High School
HC 164 Clear Reflection Celeste Stone Mt Stromlo High School
C 269 Dino-Egg Christopher Kay Marist College
C 277 Banksia Crow Aaron Hilborn St Mary MacKillop College
C 252 Peace in Death Natalie Quan Dickson College
C 125 Flame Flower Taya Fisher Canberra High School

 

Helen McFadden, competition judge, with several of this year's prizewinners

For further information, please email: schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au

Previous competitions

All prize-winning and highly-commended photos from recent competitions are available here online. Click on an image to see a larger version.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Ken Crawford (left) judges the 2016 Schools Photo Comp with assistance from Laurie Westcott (photo by Graham Brown)
Ken Crawford (left) judges the 2016 Schools Photo Comp with assistance from Laurie Westcott (photo by Graham Brown)

Inquiries about the competition can be sent by email to:

schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au