Heritage Bank 
Photographic Awards

Encouraging + Celebrating the Art of Australian Photography

Winners Announced

The winners of the 2021 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards have now been announced.

From just over 2,300 entries, our judges had the difficult task of deliberating over some of the highest calibre to be seen in the competition 33 year history.

Major Winners

  • Open Winner – ‘Afternoon tea in lockdown’ by Netal Lucas
  • Theme Winner – ‘Family Hands’ by Lucia Staykov
  • Illustrative Winner - 'Bush Clothes Drying' by Colleen Price
  • Mobile Phone Award – ‘Around the Bend’ by Gary Beresford
  • CEO Choice – ‘Who's There?’ by Zol Straub
Exhibition Gallery 2021

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

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.
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.



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.

Returning in 2022

To be the first to receive updates on future competitions, email heritagephotographicawards@heritage.com.au to opt in for email reminders and notifications about the awards.

Thank you to our sponsors


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