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.

Portraits

 
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.  The first session will be held on Tuesday 3 March at 5pm until 6.30pm!  Let us know if you are interested by clicking here.  A second session will be held on Tuesday 10 March at 5pm until 6.30pm! 

  • Competition closes 30 April at 11.45pm

  • Winners will be announced on or before 13 May

  • The Presentation Evening at Garricks Camera House Maroochydore is on Tuesday 26 May from 6pm for a 6.30pm start

  • The images of the prizewinners will remain on display for one month and will be viewable by the public

  • The workshops for the prizewinners may take the form of two half-day sessions; details to be advised.

 

 

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.
 

Closing Date

Entries for the 2020 competition will close on 30 April 2020

 
Winners will be announced by 13 May 2020
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!