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Youth Week WA Photography Competition

The Commissioner's Photography Competition in celebration of Youth Week WA invites the state's young people to showcase their talent and creativity through the lens. This competition is now closed. Finalists and winners will be announced during Youth Week WA 2024.

The Commissioner for Children and Young People (‘the Commissioner’) will host a Photography Competition to coincide with the Youth Week WA 2024 (YWWA) celebrations. Entry is free and open to all WA children and young people aged 10 to 17 years. Entries open Wednesday, 6 March 2024 and close 9am Tuesday, 2 April 2024.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st Place ($200 voucher), 2nd Place ($100 voucher), 3rd Place ($50 voucher), Highly Commended ($50 voucher) and People’s Choice ($50 voucher).

Photographs are to have a focus on all or part of the Youth Week WA 2024 theme ‘Head. Body. Heart.’

The 2024 Youth Week WA ambassadors chose this year’s theme as a reminder for young people to check in with themselves and each other. The theme and activities aim to promote creativity, compassion and encourage young people to be their best and most authentic selves.

Below are some prompts and questions to help young people decide what they would like to photograph for their entry:

  • Is there a special place you like to visit to feel calm?

  • Is there an activity that helps you feel confident?

  • What is something you like to do that makes you happy?

  • What place, pet or person makes you feel happy?

  • Do you have a favourite hobby?

  • What physical movement activities (such as sport, dance etc) do you enjoy?

  • What is your favourite food/meal that nourishes your body (or heart, if a traditional dish or made by a loved one)?

We welcome and encourage people of all abilities to participate in this competition. Please contact the Commissioner’s office on 6213 2297 or to discuss accommodating the diverse needs of competition entrants.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry is open to young people aged 10 to 17 years during the competition duration who reside in Western Australia.
  2. Entry to the competition is free.
  3. The competition opens Wednesday, 6 March 2024 and closes 9am Tuesday, 2 April 2024. Entries received outside of these dates will not be eligible for judging.
  4. Entries must be submitted via the online entry form before a deadline of 9am, Tuesday, 2 April 2024.
  5. If an entrant is unable to submit their entry via the above method due to disability or diverse needs, they are to contact the Commissioner’s office before the closing deadline on 6213 2297 or to discuss alternative submission options for their entry.
  6. Photographs must focus on all of part of the Youth Week WA 2024 theme ‘Head. Body. Heart.’
  7. Photographs must be the entrant’s original work and must not have been published previously.
  8. Photographs must have been taken within the last 12 months.
  9. Photographs which include people must have consent from the person/s photographed and noted by the entrant at time of entry submission.
  10. Entries must not contain content which is: unlawful, inappropriate, constitutes harassment, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually orientated, politically motivated, extreme views, racially offensive, demonstrating criminal behaviour, drug use, alcohol misuse, showing neglect, violence or abuse of children. It is the Commissioner's absolute discretion to deem an entry unsuitable.
  11. Photographs must not include any digital filters or generated using artificial intelligence.
  12. Photographs must be high resolution digital images of a minimum of 300ppi in quality.
  13. Photograph files must be named with the following convention: First name surname - age - photo title. (Not required if using the online entry form)
  14. Photograph files must be in the following format: JPEG or PNG.
  15. Photograph files must not exceed 5MB.
  16. One entry is permitted per person.
  17. Entrants must receive parent or guardian consent, which must be noted at time of entry submission.
  18. Entries will be judged by a panel of three people comprised of the Commissioner, one young person, and a professional photographer or someone within the photography field.
  19. Winners will be decided by the panel, with their decisions being final. Panellists will declare if any entrants are known to them prior to the start of judging.
  20. Four prizes will be awarded, 1st place ($200 voucher), 2nd place ($100 voucher), 3rd place ($50 voucher), highly commended ($50 voucher) and a people’s choice which will be voted by members of the public ($50 voucher).
  21. Photographs submitted may be used and published by the Commissioner for Children and Young People at their discretion in formats including but not limited to reports, website, social media, promotional items. If an entrant’s photograph is used, the entrant will be credited where possible in the format ‘First name, Surname initial, age’.
  22. Winners will be notified by email by 12 April 2024 and announced publicly through the Commissioner’s website and social media platforms.
  23. Winners will be invited to join the Commissioner at a meeting after school hours with light refreshments where they will receive their certificate and prize. Winners will also have an opportunity to speak with the Commissioner about photography and other topics of interest and importance to them.