The Heritage Bank Photographic Awards have returned in 2017 calling both amateur and professional photographers from the Darling Downs region to participate in a competition which could earn them more than $8000 in prize money.

The photography competition is now open, allowing shutterbugs from all across Australia to submit their masterpieces online for free. Returning for the 29th year in a row, The Heritage Bank Photographic Awards is well known amongst creatives as an opportunity to get their work out there.

An open category allows entrants to freely submit whichever photograph they like with the subject of the image completely at the photographer’s discretion. The second category, however, requires the image to be inspired by the competition’s annual theme. This year’s theme  is ‘passion’ allowing creatives to interpret this in their work however they please.

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 says the scope of the competition provides an excellent opportunity for creatives to have their photography showcased locally, nationally and all over the world.

“The beauty of this competition is that it’s so easy for people to get involved. There are no entry fees and entrants simply jump online to upload their photo into the competition.” Mr Lock said.

The competition allows any Australian resident to participate placing no restrictions on the background or previous achievements of the photographer.

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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.


Banner image: Tranquility by Edwin Mangabat