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 5th place 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

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 26 September. The prize presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday 28 October 2017 in the ANBG Theatrette. Entries will be on display in the ANBG Visitor Centre from Wednesday 25 October until Sunday 12 November.

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