Heritage Bank 
Photographic Awards

Encouraging + Celebrating the Art of Australian Photography

Entries Open

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.

2022 Categories

Entries open

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.

Open Category

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.

Theme Category -"Belonging"

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. 

Illlustrative Category

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. 

Prizes

Overall Winners

One image from the Open Category & one image from the Themed Category will be purchased by Heritage Bank for a $15,000 purchase price. The winner will also have their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, receive a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $150 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine (valued at $118).

Illustrative Category Winner

One image from the Illustrative Category will be purchased by Heritage Bank for a $5,000 purchase price. The winner will also have their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, receive a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $150 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine (valued at $118).

CEO's Choice

From all entries received, one image will be selected by our Chief Executive Officer, Peter Lock and purchased by Heritage Bank for $5,000. The winner will also have their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, receive a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine (valued at $118).

Mobile Phone Award

One image from any category, selected that it has been taken on a mobile phone, will be purchased by Heritage Bank for $5,000. The winner will also have their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, receive a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Capture Magazine (valued at $39).

Runners Up 

One image from the Open Category & one image from the Themed Category will be awarded a $2,000 prize, their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Capture Magazine (valued at $39).

Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award

One image will be selected from all entries received from entrants residing within a 50km radius of Toowoomba and will receive a $2,000 prize, their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery (Toowoomba) in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, a Toowoomba Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Capture Magazine (valued at $39).

Young Photographer Prizes

Young Photographer age groups: 

  • 14-17 years
  • 10-13 years
  • 9 years and younger

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.

FAQ's
If you're looking for assistance with your Heritage Bank Photographic Awards entry, our frequently asked questions and answers can help you.
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Judges Tips

First impressions count! 

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.

 

Composition

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.

 

Good quality image

Ensure you are submitting a good quality image – keeping in mind sharpness, exposure, saturation, and cropping.

About the Awards

About the Awards

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.

Exhibition Gallery 2021

The 2021 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards images are on display at the Heritage Plaza Branch at 400 Ruthven Street Toowoomba.

To stay up to date on the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards, email heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au to opt in to our mailing list for email reminders and notifications.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors

      

Heritage Bank would like to thank the Toowoomba Photographic Society for their ongoing support and assistance with the awards.