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Picture-perfect suburbia – get snapping for your chance to win big with the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

Do you have some stellar snap-taking skills? Maybe you've got some hidden gems in your camera roll? Well, now is the time to let your photography skills shine, as Brisbane City Council is calling on locals to get snapping for the annual Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards. This year's awards shine a spotlight on Brisbane’s suburban character and are a prime opportunity for locals to practise photography, plus to showcase new and established talent. The best part? The competition has up to $14,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. Sounds picture perfect to us.


Taking the annual competition to the streets (quite literally), the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards theme is ‘Suburban Life’ and invites photographers to capture and share images that showcase what’s special about their postcode. With now, more than ever, being a ripe time to document our stay-at-home routines and activities (see the ever-popular View From My Window Facebook page, for example), the awards are an opportunity to capture how life has changed (but also strangely stayed the same) at home in Brisbane’s suburbia. Whether it be scenic city views, cute wildlife roaming in your backyard, your pet taking advantage of your working-from-home situation or something eye-catching you spotted on your morning walk, there’s plenty to be captured through a new lens this year.

The awards, which are now in their eighth year, are open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Brisbane – whether you consider your skills amateur or professional level. There are seven categories that you can enter into – as well as several different cash prizes to be won – including the new environmentally focused Green Heart category (with a first prize of $1500), the Open category (with the winner taking $5000, the first runner-up $2000 and the second runner-up $1000), and the Student category (with a prize of $1500). There’s also the People’s Choice category, which is decided by a public vote ($1500) and the Social Media category ($1500), which counts entries that have been submitted through Instagram using the hashtag #LMPA2020. Altogether, there is a whopping total of $14,000 in cash prizes up for grabs – so there’s no harm in entering a few recently shot pics (as long as they have been taken after September 2019). Fun fact – last year’s awards saw Brisbane City Council receive more than 1100 Instagram entries, 1245 website entries and hundreds of votes in the People’s Choice category. If you’re about to pick up your competition-ready camera, head here to check out the winners from last year’s awards for some inspiration.

If you want to throw your photos in the mix, you better get snappin’! Entries for the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards are open now until Wednesday August 5 and voting for the People’s Choice award is open from Wednesday September 2 to Wednesday September 30. To find out how to submit entries or to vote, visit the Brisbane City Council website.

The article was created in partnership with our friends at Brisbane City Council. 

Image one: Rita Lam, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 People’s Choice Award
Image two: William Fryer Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 Open category winner
Image three: Chi Wai Lui, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 Open category second runner-up
Image four: Tobias Moore, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 Student category winner
Image five: Lachlan Douglas, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 Open category first runner up
Image six: Christo Brits, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2019 Social Media category winner

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