City of Subiaco - Photographic Awards
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Photographic Awards

The City of Subiaco's annual Photographic Awards celebrate creativity in Subiaco and offer photographers a chance to showcase their original works.

Entries for the 2019 Photographic Awards have now closed. Entries were open to all photographers in the Perth metropolitan area aged six years and over. Metropolitan area is defined as having a residential postcode including and between 6000 and 6199. Entries opened Monday 22 June and closed at 4pm on Monday 22 July

If you have any questions about the awards please read the information below or contact the City on or 9237 9222.

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Award categories and prizes

A prize pool worth over $2,500 is up for grabs. Prizes are awarded to the best photographs in the three entry categories. All finalists are eligible for their category prize (Subiaco, Open or Mobile), the Overall prize and the People’s Choice Award. Photographers under the age of 18 are also eligible for either the Subi Voice of Youth or the Subi Kids Crew prize. 

Overall winner

The judging panel will award the overall prize to the best photograph across all ages and entry categories. All finalists are eligible for the overall prize. Award prize: $1,000


Entries in this category must be taken within the City of Subiaco local government boundary and reflect an aspect of the local community. Award prize $500


Open to any photograph taken with a phone camera. Award prize $500


This category has no entry restrictions. It is open to any photograph that does not meet the requirements of the Subiaco or Mobile phone categories. Award prize: $500

Youth and children special prizes

The Subi Voice of Youth prize is awarded to a young people aged 12 to 17 years. Award prize: $200
The Subi Kids Crew prize is available to entrants aged six to 11 years. Award prize: $100 voucher 

People's Choice

Members of the public who visit the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the People's Choice Award. All finalists are eligible for this prize. Award prize: $100


The judging panel consists of industry and educational representatives from around Western Australia. The judging panel will select the finalists for the exhibition, and determine the winners and highly commended entries when the exhibition has been installed. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence of results will be entered into.

For information about what the judges are looking for please read through the judging criteria document. (PDF 232KB).

Exhibition and display

Finalists in the 2019 Photographic Awards will have their work exhibited in the annual Photographic Awards exhibition.

When: Saturday 19 October to Sunday 17 November 2019
Where: Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

Due to the large number of high quality entries received each year, only the finalists, as selected by the judges, will be invited to submit their image for display as part of the exhibition. 

Finalists will be notified via email by Friday 30 August and requested to place a high resolution copy of their image into Dropbox by Friday 6 September. Dropbox is free of charge and the city will provide instructions on how to access the site. The city will then print, mount and take all artworks to the Subiaco Library for the exhibition. At the completion of the exhibition finalists will be asked to collect their work. Any works that are not collected by the end of this year will become the property of the City of Subiaco.

The award presentation ceremony will take place in October at Subiaco Library. All finalists with one guest will be invited to attend this event for the announcement of the winners.


All care is taken in exhibiting the works of finalists, but the city takes no responsibility for any damage that may inadvertently occur to prints. Insurance is the responsibility of the photographer.


Canvassing of city councillors, staff or awards judges will result in disqualification from the awards and a possible lifetime ban from the city of Subiaco Photographic Awards.

Public use of photographs

Entries in the 2019 Photographic Awards may be used for future promotion of the awards and by the City of Subiaco in city publications. All finalists’ images will be kept on file and may be displayed around the city. The images will also be kept in the city’s historical photographic collection. The title and photographers name will be acknowledged where possible, and the photographer will retain copyright.