Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition

The Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition challenged Brisbane residents to get outdoors and capture creative, emotive and inspiring images of our natural environment. This year we wanted to see your interpretation of the theme ‘Green Brisbane’.

The competition consisted of three categories:

  • primary school ages (5-11 years)
  • secondary school ages (12-18 years)
  • open (5 years and over).

Entries opened on Saturday 31 August and closed on Sunday 22 September 2019. Public voted for their favourite photo between 9 and 23 October 2019.

The winners of the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition were:

Overall winner

Bold Brisbane Bat by Ed Murphy

This photo was taken in my backyard in Carseldine. Even in the suburbs, flora and fauna abounds in Brisbane. The bats are recent visitors. This one particularly likes the tropical palm fruit and has been hanging around even in the early light.

Open category winner

Froglet on my Finger by Stephen Mudge

Brisbane is very fortunate to have many parks and natural bush corridors that are a haven for local wildlife. I enjoy macrophotography, and one of my favourite locations is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. In the summer months there are several tree frog species that are common in the gardens, and the most abundant of these is the dwarf tree frog (Litoria fallax). This image captures a very cute little dwarf tree froglet that had just hopped onto my finger. Luckily it was on my left hand, so I was able to still take this photo one-handed!

Open category runner up

Open Wide by Emma Morse

The vibrant rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) brings flashes of joyful colour to every corner of our gorgeous city. Their brazen plumage never fails to shock with a sense of awe and wonder that something so bright should grace our trees.

Secondary school category winner

Beauty in the Bustle by Amy Burridge

I believe that Brisbane is a city. A bustling city. Full of traffic, and skyscrapers, and people; but there is also beauty in the busyness, and nature is the purest form of beauty. With Beauty in the Bustle, it shows that despite the city being a city, you can have nature, and let it be beautiful without trying.

Secondary school category runner up

Desert Rose by Chloe Jansen

This photo portrays ‘Green Brisbane’ as it is shot in the botanic gardens in Brisbane, a commonly known environmental location. The main colours displayed in this photo are yellow, blue and green, giving the photo an alive and healthy look to the eye. The choice of a flower as the main subject in this photo is to show the audience one of the many things living in Brisbane.

Primary school category winner

The Focus of Nature by Sophie Kirk

This photo was taken at Chermside Hills Reserve. The image captures the essence of our lush, ‘Green Brisbane’, through technology. People can be drawn into their cyberworld and forget there is life outside of the device. I wanted to show that you can enjoy both worlds at once.

Primary school category runner up

Autumn by Luan Sejdi

The seasons are important for the animals and plants in the lifecycle. This Autumn photo showcases the stunning colours of this season.

Finalists’ exhibition

Finalists' images will be exhibited at QPAC until Friday 8 November 2019 and at Brisbane City Hall from 15 November-6 December 2019.

2018 awards

Last year's competition highlighted the theme 'Colours of Brisbane'. You can view the finalists' images in the slideshow below.

Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition 2018

Alternatively, you can view the images in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition finalists album in Council’s Flickr account.

More information

For any questions regarding the competition, email the Green Heart team.

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Last updated:1 November 2019
Topics: green