2019 Photo Competition

Theme: Beyond the Dust

To enter the competition simply select the ‘Upload Photo’ tab below and complete the registration form. When you upload a photo you are automatically registered for the competition and will receive an email with your registration details (Please check spam folder if not received).  You can vote for your favourite images via our Facebook page using the ‘like’ feature. See our FAQ page for further information.

Competition Opens May 13

Rules of Entry

  1. Entries close at 5pm on Sunday 14th July 2019.
  2. Entries are to be submitted via the entries portal at lifeandlight.com.au after the completion of an online entry form. – image files must be named in accordance with the photo title on the entry form. Hard copies or photos submitted on a USB will not be accepted. All photos must be submitted through an online account at lifeandlight.com.au.
  3. Subject matter is restricted to the locality of the Local Land Services Western Region and should address the theme of this year’s competition: “Beyond the Dust”. To view the boundaries of the Western Local Land Services region click here.
  4. The judging is done anonymously, consequently any photos with watermarks will not be accepted into the competition.
  5. The entrant accepts complete responsibility for gaining permission to enter and publish photos of the people featured in their photograph. The Light & Light Western Competition accepts no liability for entrants that have not been given permission to enter and publish photos of people featured in the entered photograph.
  6. Photographs should have been taken no earlier than January 2017, must be unpublished and should not have won any other competition open to the general public.
  7. Entries will be limited to 4 photos per category per person. Any photos entered in excess of this will not be considered.
  8. The copyright of each entry submitted remains with the photographer, however, Western Local Land Services and Western Landcare NSW reserve the right to use any entry for promotional purposes. Each sponsor reserves the right to use any entry submitted to their corresponding category.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judging panel is comprised of a Local Land Services Western nominee, a Western Landcare NSW nominee and a professional photographer.
  10. Notification of shortlisted nominations will be sent via email and a phone call as well as being published on the Local Land Services Western Region and Western Landcare NSW websites and Facebook pages.
  11. Prizes will be awarded as set out for each category to winners and second place. A “Highly Commended’ prize for each category will also be presented. See guidelines and website for more details on categories and prizes.
  12. The Life and Light in the Western Region Photographic Competition 2019 is open to ALL interested persons except judges of the competition and their immediate family, Western Local Land Services and Western Landcare employees, Western Local Land Services Board Members and Western Landcare NSW Executive Members.
  13. In order to be suitable for publication, photographs that are submitted must be of high resolution in JPEG (.jpg) format. The file needs to be a minimum 2000 pixels on longest side for website uploads and a maximum 5000 pixels at a max 10MB in size. Winners of the competition may be contacted to supply larger format images for exhibition purposes. If high resolution copies cannot be provided the entry may be disqualified from the competition. NOTE: Large files may take some time to load, depending on your internet speed - please be patient when uploading.
  14. Each entrant must create a login at lifeandlight.com.au that will consist of that entrant’s name, address, and contact telephone number. For each photograph submitted the entrant must provide the title, location (property or town), year of the photograph and the category it is to be entered into.
  15. Votes for the People's Choice award will close on the 14 July at 11:59pm.

Specific Category Rules:

Colour Open:
For colour photographs + Open division available for all ages + Photo content must be from within the Western Local Land Services Region + Photo must have been taken after 1 Jan 2017

Colour Secondary:
For colour photographs + High School division open to school Years 7 - 12 + Photo content must be from within the Western Local Land Services Region + Photo must have been taken after 1 Jan 2017.

Black and White Open:
For black and white photographs + Open division available for all ages + Photo content must be from within the Western Local Land Services Region + Photo must have been taken after 1 Jan 2017.

Black and White Secondary: 
For black and white photographs + High School division open to school Years 7 - 12 + Photo content must be from within the Western Local Land Services Region + Photo must have been taken after 1 Jan 2017.

People's Choice:
All photos entered into the competition automatically go into this category. The winner is determined by votes/likes that occur on our facebook page. (please add a link to facebook page here)

Professional:
This category will only be available to people who have one of the following:

  • Website: a professional photographer must have a website with organised portfolios displaying the types of photography in which they specialize. If you are a landscape photographer, the prospective clients should be able to view 20+ unique examples of your quality work. This way the client can see a “body or work” and examine it for consistency and quality. A Facebook or Instagram page of a professional nature is included in this definition of a website.
  • Insurance: a professional photographer must have business liability insurance. They should be dealing with contracts, not handshakes, so insurance is important.
  • Accomplishments: a professional photographer should have at least one of the following:
    • Have their work published in a magazine, newspaper etc.
    • Organised and directed a photographic outing with a group of photographic novices.
    • Have put on a photographic show of their work.
    • Have received acclaim in a nationwide photo contest.
    • Presented at a photographic workshop.
  • Money: a professional photographer would earn more than 50 percent of his or her annual income from photography.

People who fit this definition of a professional photographer are not able to enter into any category other that the “Professional” category. The “Professional” category will allow for black and white or colour photographs. It will only have one prize of $1000 and like other categories the photos must have been taken within the last 2 years. “Professional” photos will not be allowed to enter the “People’s Choice” category as the focus of the competition will still be on amateur photographers.