Heritage Bank stages 25th annual photographic awards


Professional and amateur shutterbugs alike are encouraged to “take a shot” at their share of $8000 in prize money in the annual Heritage Bank Photographic Awards.

Heritage Bank CEO Mr John Minz today launched the national competition that’s celebrating its 25th birthday this year.

“We have some exciting new features to the awards, including the option to enter online for the first time,” Mr Minz said.

“We think this will make the competition really accessible and will see a big spike in entries.

“There is also no entry fee this year, again making it very attractive to enter.”

Mr Minz said there were two categories – one carried the theme ‘Entertainment – Life is a Stage’, and the open category meant any subject could be captured.

“Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter, with no age, background or experience restrictions in place.”

He encouraged photographers to “think outside the square” when interpreting what would fit under the themed section.

“You can find inspiration in anything you find amusing, pleasing or entertaining, it’s not just limited to theatre or the arts.

"I’m looking forward to a rich and colourful variety of photos that showcases the talents of photographers locally, nationally and all over the world.”

A panel of three judges will award a number of prizes, including three under the Young Photographer’s Award in 7-9 years,10-13 years, and 14-17 years age groups.

“They will also select a winner from the open and themed categories, with several consolation awards also on offer,” Mr Minz said.

Two prints will be purchased by Heritage Bank for $1500 each, and the artists will also receive a $150 Camera House voucher.

One print will be personally selected by Heritage CEO John Minz and will be purchased for $500, with the artist receiving a $100 Camera House voucher.

Each year the Bruce Mackenzie Memorial Youth Award is presented in honour of a photographer from the Toowoomba Chronicle who passed away in a motor vehicle accident in 1991. The award goes to an entrant aged under 25 years. The Chronicle purchases the winning print for $100 and the winner receives $1000 from the Mackenzie family.

Entries for the Heritage Photographic Awards close on Friday, 17 May. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 18 June 2013.

The top 50 images will go on display in an exhibition at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba from 18 June - 12 July 2013.

For more information or to enter online go to: www.heritage.com.au/photocomp

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