Please note that the 2020 Competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19, and all entries have been refunded.

The winning entry in 2019 : Animals 12-15

The 2020 Photo Competition

The Sunshine Coast Rotary Children's Photographic Competition is open to primary and secondary school children living on the Sunshine Coast.  It encourages entrants to take photos locally on the Sunshine Coast.

The theme for the 2020 competition covers two categories:

  • Animals and/or the Environment

  • Portraits

Explanatory comments below
Each category is divided into age groups:
  • up to 12 years

  • 12-15 years

  • 15 years +

Animals and/or Environment

Capture an image of an animal or an environment or a combination of both.  'Animals' opens up a whole range of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish or birds so let your imagination run wild.


Capture a Portrait of one person attempting to show emotions, character or the personality of that person  - a challenge for you to get in front of family members, friends, or others who give their permission.

Originality & Location

The judges will be looking for originality in all categories making allowance for the entrant's age.
Remember to take the photos locally on the Sunshine Coast.

Image Quality & Size

When submitting your entries, please note that we prefer the images to be:
  1. JPGs
  2. Size: as large as possible
  3. Quality: the highest quality possible

What's on ..........

  • Short workshops with Barry Alsop are planned to be  available at Garricks Camera House Maroochydore to provide tips for those looking  for some guidance before entering the competition. 

  • Competition CANCELLED



The Prizes

A winner and runner-up will be awarded in each category by age group
The prizes are:

Winners : $100 gift voucher

Runners-up : $50 gift voucher

Each winner and runner-up will receive:
Each winning photograph will be displayed at the Garricks Camera House Maroochydore where the prize-winning presentation will be held.

Competition cancelled

Entry Fee
A $15 Entry Fee will entitle you to enter up to four (4) photographs in one subject category,  or across both categories.
Following payment, detailed upload instructions will be emailed.
Additional entries may be made after payment of an additional entry fee in a separate computer session.
All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Caloundra to further it's vital work in the community.
10 Simple Tips
  1. Think about the composition of the photograph – is there a main feature you are trying to show, is it prominent in the frame or a spot in the middle.
  2. Remember the rule of thirds, dividing your picture into 9 defined sections often provides for a well composed photograph.
  3. Background objects should not spoil the composition i.e. avoid a tree branch appearing to come out of the subject's head.
  4. See where the light is coming from, how is the light interacting with the scene - can you use shadows to good effect.
  5. Avoid shooting with the sun right behind you, the resulting shadows can be boring - try the light source from the side for a more interesting picture.
  6. Try and ensure lines in the picture are horizontal and not sloped i.e horizon of the sea.
  7. If applicable see if you can 'frame' your shot, could be through a window, door etc.
  8. Try your scene from a different angle i.e lying down.
  9. We are not expecting perfection - this is a children’s competition over three age groups – to give you the best chance of scooping a prize, please ensure you enter your photos in your age group.
  10. You don’t have to own an all singing and dancing camera, most automatic cameras or even smart phones will sort out the focus and lighting for you and provide excellent photos.
Please read the competition rules and guidelines for more information before entering the competition.
If you have any other questions you can message us via our Facebook page or by email
Have fun, and good luck!