Heritage Bank 
Photographic Awards

Encouraging + Celebrating the Art of Australian Photography

Entries Open

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.

Categories

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.

Illustrative Category

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. 

Theme Category - Helping Hands

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.

$50,000

in prizes to be won*

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 receive their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery  in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen 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 receive their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery  in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen Camera House voucher to the value of $150 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine valued at $118.

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  in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen Camera House voucher to the value of $100 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 receive their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen 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 their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine valued at $118.

Alwyn Kucks Memorial Award

One image will be selected from all entries received from entrants residing within a 50km radius of Toowoomba will receive a $2,000 prize, their work displayed at USQ Arts Gallery in the Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, an Owen Camera House voucher to the value of $100 and a 12 month print & digital subscription to Australian Photography Magazine valued at $118.

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 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.

FAQ's

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.

Image requirements

All images must:

  • have been taken in the last 12 months (i.e. on or after 3 May 2020). This includes any elements of a composite image, where all elements of the image must comply with this timeframe;
  • not have been previously submitted to the awards;
  • be JPEG format, in RGB colour mode, size no more than 2Mb and a minimum of 3000 x 2000 pixels (or 2000 x 3000 pixels);
  • not include watermarks or photography branding; and
  • be the original work of the entrant with all (if any) permissions obtained.

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:

  1. Are some of you're fields auto-populating? If so, clear the fields and be sure to manually type in your full details. The auto-populate in some fields can cause issues.
  2. Have you already submitted an entry? If so, it may be recognising similar details to your previous entry. Contact the Heritage Bank Sponsorship Team at heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au or on (07) 46 949 420.

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 heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au or on (07) 46 949 420.

I would like to receive email notifications about the awards

To opt in for email reminders and notifications about the awards, please email heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au.

Who do I contact for further information?

You can contact the Heritage Bank Sponsorship Team at heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au or on (07) 46 949 420.
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.

Exhibition Gallery 2020

Thank you to our sponsors

      

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