Photo Comp

April 16, 2018

Only four weeks left for students to snap what they love about the Coast


Our region’s young people can share the story of “Our Sunshine Coast” through the lens of their camera for a chance to win from a prize pool valued at $1500 – just for students.

This year, the Sunshine Coast Environment and Liveability Photography Award competition, “Our Sunshine Coast”, includes two youth categories – one for high school students, the other primary school – aimed at using our young people’s skills and passion to help raise awareness and understanding of the Coast’s distinct environments.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council wanted to continue to build on the success of previous environment photography awards in appealing to and engaging with local residents through a visual display that everyone could relate to. 

“Through this prize we aim to highlight the themes within the Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 – environment, liveability, sustainability and resilience of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.

“The five to 18 year age group can bring such a different perspective to these wide-ranging themes in terms of what they love about our beautiful region and how they go about bringing this to life through a camera lens.

“This might be a local music festival, a special favourite park, a neighbourhood sportsground or a particular type of native wildlife – the options are endless.  

“The prizes for the two youth categories include four gift vouchers for the winners and runners-up to use towards supporting their creative interests”.


Full prize list

$8000 total prize pool

Open category                                 

Winner                                               $2500

Runner-up                                          $1000

Highly commended (up to 4)             $500


High School category                     

Winner                                                $700 (gift voucher)

Runner-up                                           $200 (gift voucher)


Junior Primary category                  $500 (gift voucher)

Runner-up                                           $100 (gift voucher)

 People’s Choice                                $1000

The “Our Sunshine Coast” exhibition will tour our region, with locations including Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Cotton Tree Esplanade Park, and others.

The Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 provides long-term strategic direction to shape the region by guiding growth and delivering transformational change required to maintain a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast in 2041 for future generations.

Visit council’s website for further information and to enter. Entries close on May 14, 2018.


*Photos attached from the 2016 Environment Photo Award – Junior Category: Winning entry from Jack Ford, ‘Mangrove Forest’ and finalists Caitlyn Ross,‘Yaroomba Forest Floor’ and Brianna Smyth, ‘Shelly Beach: Sunrise’ 

Media contact: Gillian Griffiths, Communication Officer

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