Into its 34th year, the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards are open to all professional and amateur photographers. With no cost to enter, this competition encourages photographers all over Australia to explore their surroundings and capture their own little piece of history.
With a massive prize pool of over $50,000 across a range of categories and awards, this competition is one of the most lucrative in the country.
Entries are now open for the 2022 Heritage Bank Photographic Award. Individuals can choose to submit up to four images into selected categories below. When you have your images ready, click enter now below and you'll be directed to our online entry form to complete your entry.
The choice of subject is yours, so it can be anything you like. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter this category where great imagery is everything and creativity is the key ingredient.
This year’s theme of “belonging” opens up a huge range of possibilities, limited only by your creativity. The theme lends itself to a variety of interpretations. It could be the sense of belonging you feel to your family or your community; an illustration of things that just naturally seem to belong together; or even something you own that has particular importance to you. Put your own twist on the subject – it’s totally up to you.
With the rise in digital manipulation of images, the Illustrative category creates a space for these images where the photographer’s creativity in the post-production stage has no limits.
Illustrative Category Winner
Mobile Phone Award
Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award
Young Photographer Prizes
Young Photographer age groups:
One image will be selected from the three age groups to receive a $500 prize, a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $100, their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition and a certificate of merit.
Aim for an image that gives a great first impression and a wow factor – inviting the viewer to look deeper into the photo and become immersed in it.
This is a tip from across the board with all three judges – start with the basic rule of thirds. Good composition allows the picture to be absorbed readily by the mind.
Ensure you are submitting a good quality image – keeping in mind sharpness, exposure, saturation, and cropping.
A good image must have meaning which is communicated easily with the viewer.
Following on from the above tip – let your photograph tell a story. What story are you trying to tell the author? We all see and interpret things differently, but a great photograph has a story to be shared.
It’s easy to get caught up with images similar to others so try to look for something a bit different.
It is important the photograph clearly tells a story of the photographer’s interpretation of the theme. This can seem daunting as we all interpret words and themes differently. Start by clearly defining the theme for yourself, and ask, “What does this theme mean to me?”
The aim of the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards is to encourage and celebrate the art of Australian photography. Heritage Bank understands that it has a responsibility to assist the communities it serves to grow and prosper, not just economically but culturally and socially as well. Heritage created the awards more the 30 years ago to help foster creativity in the photographic arts.
Offering the Awards not only encourages people to remain active in photography, it also challenges them to extend their skills by recognising greater creativity in their approach. The Awards have also enabled Heritage to build a collection of photographic works that is already outstanding in its artistic worth and that will become an even more important contributor to the history of photography in Australia over time.
The 2021 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards images are on display at the Heritage Plaza Branch at 400 Ruthven Street Toowoomba.
Heritage Bank would like to thank the Toowoomba Photographic Society for their ongoing support and assistance with the awards.