Judges and Prizes
What is the prize?
There are some great prizes up for grabs for both divisions:
- $4,000 in cash
- Have your image featured on an official Australia Post stamp for release in 2012
Australia Post was proud to be able to support the Living Australian Online Photography Competition by featuring the winning entry on a stamp issue in 2011. Postage stamps are renowned world wide for reflecting a country’s identity and culture, and this competition provides a unique opportunity for Australians to submit their photos for consideration to be featured in this special stamp issue.
- $1,000 in cash
- Canon EOS 600D DSLR Camera
The winner of the Junior division will receive a Canon EOS 600D Single IS Kit including an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, totalling RRP AU$1,249. The EOS 600D is the perfect DSLR camera for people wanting to expand their creative photography with Creative Filters and FULL HD video. Click here for more information.
Your Image could be seen by thousands of Australians all over the country! Selected images will also be showcased at various Australia Day events and publicised on the website and in the media, so you may be lucky enough to see your image displayed in various ways.
Have a look at the Tips For Uploading and FAQs to make sure you have the best chance of winning.
Who is judging you?
Our judging panel will determine the winner in both divisions (Open and Junior) of the Living Australian Online Photography Competition. The panel is made up of prominent Australians and photography experts who will decide which image best captures the theme of ‘Make Your Mark Australia’.
Don Burke is an Australian television gardening legend and long time Australia Day Ambassador. He began hosting Burke’s Backyard on television in 1987 and after 17 and a half years on air, the final program, “The Last Hooroo”, went to air in 2004.
Don and his wife Marea also run CTC Productions, which produced Burke’s Backyard and Backyard Blitz. He is editor in chief of Burke’s Backyard magazine and he has had 13 books published.
Don received the Variety Club’s Award for TV performer of the year for 1990. He also received the Banksia Award for media contribution to the environment in 1996.
Outside of his work in the media, he has also been a founding member of Year of the Tree, Greening Australia, Decade of the Tree and Sustainable Development Australia, and was President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Don is a Patron of Retina Australia and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 1990, during which time he has visited towns all over New South Wales, attending Australia Day celebrations and meeting new citizens.
In 2010 Don received an OAM for services to the environment, to horticulture and to the media.
Ronni Kahn, founding director of food rescue charity OzHarvest, was named Australia's Local Hero 2010 as part of the Australian of the Year Awards.
Australia's Local Hero award, one of four award categories in the Australian of the Year Awards, recognises outstanding community members who have made a significant contribution or achievement.
OzHarvest is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues unwanted food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens across Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong to feed communities at risk.
Ronni, a former event organiser who arrived as an immigrant from Israel in 1988, set-up OzHarvest in 2004 after she was appalled by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry. OzHarvest now has more than 600 food donors and delivers more than 110,000 meals each month to 163 charities in Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong with plans to roll out nationally this year.
Brendan Read has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. As a former Senior photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend Magazine, he was repeatedly honoured with both Nikon and Rothmans’ press photo awards. Now a successful freelance photographer, Brendan Read has exhibited his work throughout Sydney.
Brendan has been the Official Australia Day Photographer for over 10 years. This has involved capturing Australia Day events from both ends of the spectrum, from tens of thousands of people at Sydney’s Darling Harbour to small community celebrations and citizenship ceremonies.
People young and old all over the world know and love Kate Ritchie for the key role she has played in the international hit series Home and Away. She filmed the pilot of the show in 1987 (at age 8) and wrapped up her role as Sally Fletcher after a staggering 4000 episodes in December 2007.
In 2006 Kate received her first Logie (Australian Television Awards) nomination in 18 years, she was nominated for gold and silver and was awarded the silver for Most Popular Actress. In 2007 and 2008 Kate continued to be awarded the silver for Most Popular Actress as well as the prestigious gold award for Most Popular Personality.
Kate has worked in Australian film, hosted live television and events such as the annual Carols in the Domain in front of audiences of up to 100,000 people. She even stepped up to the to the mic as a singing contestant on the 2005 series 'It Takes Two'.
In January 2008 Kate took on the demanding challenge of Breakfast Radio. She hit Sydney's airwaves every morning for two years as one third of the 'Merrick and Rosso and Kate Ritchie Show' which, due to it's success, was syndicated all over the country.
Kate stepped back onto a television set when asked to play the character of Judi Kane in the much-anticipated second series of Underbelly, A Tale of Two Cities. This role earned her the honour of a 2009 AFI nomination for Best performance by a guest in a television drama.
Her love of acting saw her leave Nova 969 and return to television in 2010 to play Detective Samantha Cooper in the Nine Network's COPS:LAC.