Announcing the Inaugural 2018 Photo Competition
The Sunshine Coast Photographic Competition is open to primary and secondary school children from Year 3 to Year 12 living on the Sunshine Coast.

The theme in 2018 covers two categories:

  • Animals

  • Environment

Each category will be grouped by school years:
  • Years 3 - 5

  • Years 6 - 8

  • Years 9 - 10

  • Years 11 - 12

There will be prizes for the winner in each category by age.
The Prizes
A winner will be awarded in each category and age group, and one entry in each age category may be 'Highly Commended'.
The prizes are:

Winner : $50 cash prize sponsored by Freedom Communities

Highly Commended : $15 JB Hi Fi voucher (or similar)

Some pictures of 'animals' could be seen as an 'environmental' picture if the overriding focus is on the countryside or landscape.  The judges will be looking for originality in both categories making allowance for the entrant's age but try and decide before you press the shutter "Am I focusing on the animal or landscape" - it will help you decide where to upload the photo.
Remember the subject 'animals' opens up a whole range of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish or birds so if you choose this category let your imagination run wild.

The Winning Entries

The winners' photographs will be displayed at the Caloundra Arts Centre and sold to the highest bidder.
A copy will be framed complete with finishing position plaque and be presented to each winner.
Each winner will receive 75% of the proceeds from any sale of their photo.
The Dates
The Inaugural 2018 competition will 

Open on 1 July 2018.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on 31 October 2018

Winners will be announced by 19 November 2018
Entry Fee
A $10 Entry Fee will entitle you to enter up to four (4) photographs in one subject category,  or across both categories.
Entry will be by upload to Caloundra Rotary's Flickr page.
Following payment, detailed 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
Entries so far (examples only)

Created with flickr slideshow.
Have fun, and good luck!