The Friends run an annual photographic competition for high school and college students, which is now in its 16th year. We see this as 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 of high schools and colleges in Canberra and Queanbeyan. Entries must be submitted through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
The competition consists of six categories
- High School Black and White
- High School Colour
- College Black and White
- College Colour
- Open – People in the Gardens
- Open – Digital / Photographic Effects
Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. An additional award is given to the photographic department of the school/college of each first-prize winner.
The presentation of prizes for the 2012 competition took place on Saturday, 20 October. All photos will be on display in the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from 19 October to 18 November, 2012. Prize winning photos are retained by the Friends, and displayed for some time afterwards (usually in the Dickson Room).
Prize winning and highly commended entries for the competition in 2011 can be viewed here.