Schools Photographic Competition

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The Friends run an annual photographic competition for school and college students, which is now in its 23rd 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 any student attending an Australian primary, high school or college. Entries can be submitted individually or through the student’s school or college. All photographs must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This is the first year that the competition is open to primary school students.

The competition has a number of categories and cash prizes are awarded for places 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 and one Rangers’ award (over all categories). 

For details of how to enter, download the appropriate entry form:

Entries close on Wednesday 2 October 2019. Enquiries can be emailed to

Competition prizewinners

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









"Fuzz Berry" by Amy Jones of Erindale College, 2018 1st prize winner in the Colour section
"Fuzz Berry" by Amy Jones of Erindale College, 2018 1st prize winner in the Colour section

Inquiries about the competition can be emailed to: