Into its 33rd year, the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards are now open 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.
The 2021 awards has a prize pool of over $50,000 across a range of categories and awards, making this competition one of the most lucrative in the country.
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.
We are thrilled to announce the brand new Illustrative Category for the 2021 awards. 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.
This year’s theme of “helping hands” opens up a huge range of possibilities, limited only by your creativity and imagination. The theme lends itself to a variety of interpretations. It could be taken literally, showing someone physically using their hands to offer assistance. It could be more metaphoric, such as someone offering support to an elderly grandparent. There’s lots of ways you could capture the spirit of helping hands. Put your own twist on the subject – it’s totally up to you.
in prizes to be won*
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 Owen Camera House voucher to the value of $100, their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition and a certificate of merit.
How many images can I enter?
Each individual can submit up to four images.
The images must be submitted at the same time and duplicate submissions will not be accepted.
You can select for your image to be judged under the Open category, Theme category (Helping Hands) or Illustrative Category, depending on what suits your subject and the image criteria.
What are the image rules and restrictions?
The Open and Theme Categories have restrictions around post-production editing of images.
All images must:
Please ensure you read the awards full Terms & Conditions to understand the post-production editing of image restrictions, along with the full details on image requirements.
How are the images judged and when will I know if I have won?
A panel of three judges will assess the photographs based on the criteria of aesthetics, creativity, technical skill, originality and in relation to the Theme category, how well the photography captures the theme of Helping Hands.
The judges will select approximately 50 images which will comprise the 2021 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition to be displayed at USQ Art Gallery Toowoomba between 31 August 2021 - - 22 September 2021.
The CEO's choice will be selected from the finalist images.
The winners and finalists will be advised of their success via email on 30 July 2021
Why aim I getting an error message on the Personal Details section of the entry form?
This could a couple different possibilities:
I get an error message saying my image does not meet the size requirements when I try to upload my image.
Your image must meet the minimum 3000x2000 pixels (or 2000x3000) pixel dimensions required. The image must also be no more than 2MB in size.
You will need to adjust the pixel quality of your image and the file size before you can submit it into the competition.
You can do this in most photo editing programs.
I don't have any photo editing software on my computer. How can I adjust my image?
If you don't have any photo editing software, you may like to use a free online editing platform like Pixlr which will enable you to adjust the file size and pixel dimensions.
How do I know if my image has been submitted successfully?
When you press submit, you will see a confirmation screen on your browser advising your submission ID.
You can record this ID for your own records.
I am trying to submit an entry for my child but it won’t let me. It keeps going back to the entry I submitted for myself.
If you have already completed a submission for yourself, and then go back to try and process one for your child, it might end up taking you directly to your own submission 'Completed' page. If this is happening for you, please contact the Heritage Bank Sponsorship Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (07) 46 949 420.
I would like to receive email notifications about the awards
Who do I contact for further information?
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?”
Heritage Bank would like to thank the Toowoomba Photographic Society for their ongoing support and assistance with the awards.