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 22nd 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 Reality

Cash prizes are awarded for 1st to 5th place in each category. Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C) certificates are also awarded.

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).

2018 Competition

The entries from this year's competition are now on display in the Visitors Centre exhibition space until Sunday 19 November. Prizes were presented on Saturday 3 November.

Congratulations to the prizewinners:

Monochrome

 

Title

Student Name

School

1st

Kooka

Tyson Pottenger

Canberra College

2nd

Contrast 100

James Barancewicz

Canberra College

3rd

Gamburra (Flowers)

Mackenzie Gniel

Canberra College

4th

Hanging Texture

Tasha Nerrie

Burgmann Anglican School

5th

Katrina in the Wild

Aidan Giddings

Canberra College

Colour

 

Title

Student Name

School

1st

Fuzz Berry

Amy Jones

Erindale College

2nd

Kingdom

Tyson Pottenger

Canberra College

3rd

Dead Winter

Manon Ronda

Canberra High

4th

Pink Haze

Hannah McGee

Mary MacKillop College

5th

Fluidity

Remy Elliot

Canberra College

Altered Reality

 

Title

Student Name

School

1st

After Van Gogh

Mackenzie Gniel

Canberra College

2nd

Light It Up

Soudanin Phengkhammy

Canberra College

3rd

Low Poly

James Barancewicz

Canberra College

4th

Sprout Opening

Ted Pearson

Dickson College

5th

A Flipped Reality

Tasha Nerrie

Burgmann Anglican School

For full details, contact the coordinator at 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.

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

'Spike' by Elise Kellett of Dickson College, 2017 1st prize winner in the Monochrome section
'Spike' by Elise Kellett of Dickson College, 2017 1st prize winner in the Monochrome section

Inquiries about the competition can be sent by email to:

schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au