Theme Guidelines

Where did the theme come from?

The theme of this year’s Life and Light Photographic competition is “Appreciating the Little Things”. This theme aims to help showcase the diversity of this region and the many, many reasons why people love the outback and continue to live and vacation here. Photographers are encouraged to capture the aspects of the region that they love the most within the subcategories, and it is hoped that submissions will include both agricultural and environmental perspectives. 

Category rules

  • Must be taken in the Western Local Land Services Region
  • Must have been taken after January 1st 2020,
  • Must align with 2021 Theme: Appreciating the Little Things

Category Specific Rules

Kangaroos in the Landscape (sponsored by the Kangaroo Management Taskforce):

  • Must contain kangaroo(s) within the image.
  • Can show individual or large mobs of kangaroos engaging within natural or built environments.

Native Flora and Fauna: 

  • Must contain native flora and fauna within the image.

Cultural Heritage:

  • Must depict and have relevance to aspects of cultural heritage across Western NSW region (Indigenous or otherwise).

Livestock and Farming:  

  • Images are characterised by content that relates to livestock (i.e. sheep, cattle, goats, poultry etc.), farming activities (i.e. shearing, feeding, harvesting, sowing, machinery etc.). Highly flexible category.

People and Places:

  • Must contain people and/or a place of significance to the photographer. This could include portraits, group photos, people in sheds and/or sheep/cattle yards etc.


  • Open to people aged 16 or younger as of 31 March 2021.
  • Must have content fitting any of the above categories.

People’s Choice:

All photos accepted into one of the above categories will automatically go into this category as well. The winner is determined by votes/likes that occur on the competition’s  Facebook page.