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 20th 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).

2016 Competition

The prize presentation ceremony for the 2016 competition was held on Saturday 12 November 2016 in the ANBG Theatrette. Entries were on display in the ANBG Visitor Centre from Wednesday 9 November until Sunday 20 November.

Congratulations to the prizewinners:


  Number Title Student Name  School
1st 112 Pathway to peace Zoe Azzopardi Karabar High School
2nd 139 The Perspective is Key Mitchell Braithwaite Dickson College
3rd 277 Inbetween Helena Nguyen Doan Canberra High School
4th 110 Twisted Emily Huynh Trinity Christian School
5th 100 Gentle Flow Kristen Zeller Canberra College


  Number Title Student Name  School
1st 132 Garden Landscape Rushan Tucker Dickson College
2nd 274 Abandoned Helena Nguyen Doan Canberra High School
3rd 308 Look Closer Casey Myers Canberra High School
4th 192 Hi there! Josie Lutze Canberra High School
5th 247 Nesting place Caitlin Johnstone Canberra High School

Altered Images

  Number Title Student Name  School        
1st 178 Double Dragon Aaron Robilliard Dickson College
2nd 171 Oh No! Errol Steed Dickson College
3rd 199 Capture the Garden Shaylah McClymont Canberra High School
4th 62 Sitting Pretty Aaron Hilborn St Mary MacKillop College
5th 81 Haze Harrisson Davies Marist College


All prizewinning photographs can be seen on the 2016 prizewinners gallery page.

For further information, please email:

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.






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: