Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Darling Downs

More than $8000 in prizes

Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Darling Downs

“Kaleidoscope” by Bridie Wendt, Winner Youth Photographer Award (10-13 years), 2016 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards

The 29th annual Heritage Bank Photographic Awards are now open and ready for creative shutterbugs around the region to take a shot at over $8,000 in prizes.

Entries are accepted in two categories again this year in the national competition. The first is the Open Category, in which the choice of subject is totally up to the photographer. The second is the Themed Category ‘Passion’ which is up to the photographer’s interpretation.

Darling Downs residents have experienced great success in the awards over recent years. In 2015, three local photographers picked up major awards and in 2016, Bridie Wendt was awarded the Young Photographer Award (10-13 years) while Edwin Mangabat was named winner of the Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award and runner-up in the Themed Category.

Heritage Bank CEO Mr Peter Lock said the national competition continued to enjoy widespread success amongst professional and amateur photographers alike.

“The beauty of this competition is that it’s so easy for people to get involved,” Mr Lock said.

“There are no entry fees and entrants simply jump online to upload their photo into the competition.”

Mr Lock said the awards gave people a chance to showcase their photographic creativity locally, nationally and all over the world.

 “You can be a professional photographer, or someone who just purely enjoys taking photos in their spare time.

“We’re encouraging you to share the moments that inspire you.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the diversity of subjects covered in the Open Category and this year’s ‘Passion’ Themed Category also lends itself to many exciting interpretations.

“It could be the intense emotion that a new relationship brings; the passion an athlete has for their chosen sport; or the powerful bond between parent and child - the possibilities are endless.”

“Tranquility” by Edwin Mangabat, Winner Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award and Themed Category ‘Promises’ runner-up, 2016 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards.

The competition is open to Australian residents with no background or experience restrictions in place.

The winners of the Open and Themed categories each receive $1500. The CEO’s Choice award winner will receive $500.

The winner of the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Award for young photographers will receive $1000, courtesy of the Mackenzie Family and the Toowoomba Chronicle. The Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award of $500 will go to an image from an entrant residing within a 50km radius of Toowoomba.

There are also prizes on offer in three youth categories: 7-9 years; 10-13; and 14-17.

Entries in this year’s awards close on 30 June. The winners will be advised in early August and the top 50 images will go on exhibition at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba from 5 September to 5 October.

For more details please go to the Heritage website at https://www.heritage.com.au/photocomp.