This year the Heritage Bank will sponsor their 28th annual photography competition, with more than $8000 in prizes up for grabs. Both professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to participate in the awards, with entrants given the option to enter photos into either of the two awards categories.
Heritage Bank CEO, Peter Lock, said the national competition continues to attract strong interest each year from professional and amateur photographers alike. “Through these awards, people have a chance to showcase their photographic creativity locally, nationally and all over the world,” Mr Lock said.
The competition is open to Australian residents with no background or experience restrictions in place. In an effort to support creativity within the community, Heritage Bank have removed any form of entry fee and are encouraging entrants to submit their work online, hopefully making it easier for more people to get involved.
Photographers may enter either the Open Category (where the subject matter is up to creative discretion) or the Themed Category, this year holding the theme, ‘Promises’. The winners of the Open and Themed categories will each receive $1500, with the CEO’s Choice award winner receiving $500.
There are also prizes on offer across three youth categories: 7-9 years, 10-13 years, and 14-17 years. Young photographers will also go into the running for the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Award – a $1000 bursary 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.
Entries for this year’s awards will close on June 30 with winners advised in early August. The top 50 images will go on display at the USQ Arts Gallery for the month of September.
By Kim Hellberg
Image by Steven Fudge, “Aquaculture”, Open Category Winner, 2015 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards