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 22ndyear. 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 3th place and for Highly Commended (HC) and Commended (C) winners 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).

2018 Competition

This competition is now open, and closes on Wednesday 3 October. The exhibition of entries will be at the Gardens from Tuesday 30 October to Sunday 19 November. Prizes will be presented on Saturday 3 November. For full details, contact the coordinator at

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.








'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: