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).

2019 prizewinners

Prizes were awarded to the 2019 competition winners on Sunday 3 November by the judges Graham Gall and Jim Gould, members of the Friends of the ANBG Photography Group. Congratulations all!

Further information about the competition and entries will be posted once available.

Primary: Monochrome

1st Banksia Alyse Rooney Hawker Primary


Primary: Colour

1st House Made of Sticks Samuel Wagner Aranda Primary
2nd Butterfly Breeze Lily Werner Aranda Primary
3rd Floral Firework Hugo Potter Maribynong Primary


Secondary: Monochrome

1st Monochrome Bird Ky Trotter Canberra College
2nd Sun Baking Erin Duncan Canberra High School
3rd Fading ln Thomas Price Canberra College
4th Shell Isobelle Laing Telopea Park School
5th Monochrome 2 Jared Parsons Dickson College


Secondary: Colour

1st Sweden Riley Wilson Canberra High School
2nd Looking at Me Netti Nguyen Canberra High School
3rd Flightless Cameron Colebrook UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
4th Nature's Favourite Ellen Johnson Canberra High School
5th Foggy Love Imogen O’Brien Canberra High School


Secondary: Altered Reality

1st Dripping Bottle Brush Amy Lancaster UCSSC Lake Ginninderra
2nd Waltz of the Flowers Roberta Vagnarelli Canberra High School
3rd Virtual Nature Isabella Quan Erindale College
4th Cloudless Day Orange Sand William Loughton Canberra College
5th Waterwise Cameron Colebrook UCSSC Lake Ginninderra


Schools of first and second prize winners

Hawker Primary Primary: Monochrome – 1st
Aranda Primary Primary: Colour – 1st and 2nd
Canberra College Secondary: Monochrome – 1st
Canberra High School
Secondary: Monochrome – 2nd
Colour – 1st and 2nd
Altered Reality – 2nd
UCSSC Lake Ginninderra Secondary: Altered Reality – 1st

Previous 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

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