Photographic Competition for Students

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The Friends have run an annual photographic competition for school and college students for over two decades. It 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 impact of COVID-19 led to the Friends suspending the competition between 2020 and 2023. In 2020 there was a retrospective exhibition of first-prize-winning entries from the past 23 years on show in November at the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery. We are now delighted to announced that the competition will be held in 2024.

24th Photographic Competition for students

The competition is open to students attending Australian primary or secondary schools or colleges. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to become aware of the value and beauty of the ANBG and, by exercising their photographic skills, to share that beauty with other visitors.

Closing date: Friday 30th August 2024

All entries must be your digital photographs, taken in the ANBG between 30 August 2023 and 30 August 2024, featuring some aspect of the Gardens such as plants, wildlife or scenery.

Entries will be submitted online. Watch this space for further information about entry format and procedures.

Download the competition poster (PDF, 3.76 MB) and share it with your other friends and networks.

Entry categories

 Secondary schools  & colleges
 Years 7—12
  • Monochrome
  • Colour
  • Altered Reality for images that have been manipulated digitally or through dark room processes.

 Primary schools
 Years 1—6

  • Monochrome
  • Colour

 
Cropping, straightening, exposure adjustment and minor technical adjustments are permitted in all categories.

Each student is allowed one entry per category (up to 3 entries in total for secondary students and 2 entries for primary students).

Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded for places in each category:

  Award to student Award to school or college
 First Prize $250 $200
 Second Prize $150 $100
 Third Prize $100 $50

 
Certificates
may also be presented. Prize winners’ schools will be awarded celebratory native plants, too.

Exhibition and awards

Prize-winning and selected other entries will be on display in the Banksia Garden of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 27 October 2024. The selected photographs will be exhibited at A3 size.

Presentation of prizes will be at 12 noon, Saturday 28 September 2024.

For further information please email: schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au

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!

Primary: Colour

1st
House Made of Sticks
Samuel Wagner, Aranda Primary

1st - Primary Colour: Samuel Wagner

2nd
Butterfly Breeze
Lily Werner, Aranda Primary

2nd - Primary Colour: Lily Werner

3rd
Floral Firework
Hugo Potter, Maribynong Primary

3rd - Primary Colour: Hugo Potter

 

Primary: Monochrome

1st
Banksia
Alyse Rooney, Hawker Primary

1st - Primary Monochrome: Alyse Rooney

 

Secondary: Monochrome

1st
Monochrome Bird
Ky Trotter, Canberra College

1st - Secondary Monochrome: Ky Trotter

2nd
Sun Baking
Erin Duncan, Canberra High School

2nd - Secondary Monochrome: Erin Duncan

3rd
Fading ln
Thomas Price, Canberra College

3rd - Secondary Monochrome: Thomas Price

4th
Shell
Isobelle Laing, Telopea Park School

4th - Secondary Monochrome: Isobelle Laing

5th
Monochrome 2
Jared Parsons, Dickson College

5th - Secondary Monochrome: Jared Parsons

 

Secondary: Colour

1st
Sweden
Riley Wilson, Canberra High School

1st - Secondary Colour: Riley Wilson

2nd
Looking at Me
Netti Nguyen, Canberra High School

2nd - Secondary Colour: Netti Nguyen

3rd
Flightless
Cameron Colebrook, UCSSC Lake Ginninderra

3rd - Secondary Colour: Cameron Colebrook

4th
Nature's Favourite
Ellen Johnson, Canberra High School

4th - Secondary Colour: Ellen Johnson

5th
Foggy Love
Imogen O’Brien, Canberra High School

5th - Secondary Colour: Imogen O'Brien

 

Secondary: Altered Reality

1st
Dripping Bottle Brush
Amy Lancaster, UCSSC Lake Ginninderra

1st - Altered Reality: Amy Lancaster

2nd
Waltz of the Flowers
Roberta Vagnarelli, Canberra High School

2nd - Altered Reality: Roberta Vagnarelli

3rd
Virtual Nature
Isabella Quan, Erindale College

3rd - Altered Reality: Isabella Quan

4th
Cloudless Day Orange Sand
William Loughton, Canberra College

4th - Altered Reality: William Loughton

5th
Waterwise
Cameron Colebrook, UCSSC Lake Ginninderra

5th - Altered Reality: Cameron Colebrook

 

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.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Flyer for 2024 competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inquiries about the competition can be emailed to:

schoolphoto@friendsanbg.org.au