Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards is an annual photographic competition open to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Brisbane.

Brisbane is known for its magical moments, colourful characters, and bustling nightlife. Our beautiful city is full of unique spaces, places and hidden gems and it just keeps getting better. To celebrate this year's Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards, entrants were asked to send in a photo of something that, in their eyes, captured the ‘Spirit of Brisbane’.

Entries for the 2022 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards closed on Friday 8 July 2022.

2022 winners

The Lord Mayor is pleased to announce the winners of the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2022.

You can view images at their submitted size in our 'Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards 2022' album on Council's Flickr account.


open category winner
Joe Ruckli

Stacey and Michael – Brisbane Floods: Stacey Phillips and her brother Michael Turner assess Michael’s flood-damaged belongings after clearing out his music recording and production studio during the 2022 Brisbane floods.

Suburb taken: Windsor
Prize: $5000


Open category 1st runner-up
Hiroki Tadano

Shine the night: This is unforgettable and my favourite part of Brisbane Riverfire. The photo was taken last year and I am so happy with the outcome.

Suburb taken: Kangaroo Point
Prize: $2000

Open category 2nd runner-up
Adrian Cooper

SES on Anzac Day duties: The Brisbane SES unit setting up a command centre to help with Anzac Day.

Suburb taken: Brisbane City
Prize: $1000

people's choice award winner
ricky attard

Stormy Brisbane: The incredible power of lightening over the Brisbane City skyline.

Suburb taken: South Brisbane
Prize: $1500


Student category winner
William Wang

Under the jacaranda: A common scene during jacaranda season – people taking photos with the flowers.

Suburb taken: St Lucia
Prize: $1500


Social media category winner
Christo Brits

To the rescue: Queensland SES to the rescue during the 2022 floods.

Suburb taken: Bulimba
Prize: $1500


LaVonne Bobongie Award winner
Katherine Widders

Summer lovin’: My son feeling happy, cheeky and energetic after a great day at Southbank.

Suburb taken: South Brisbane
Prize: $1500


Green Heart category winner
Kyle Wassink

Night Owl: Never expected to see a Tawny Frogmouth in the city.

Suburb taken: Brisbane City
Prize: $1500

People’s Choice Award finalists 

From the incredible entries received this year, 25 photos were shortlisted as finalists for the People’s Choice Award.

From Monday 25 July to Friday 19 August 2022, the public had the opportunity to vote for the photo they felt best captured the 'Spirit of Brisbane'.

The winner was announced at the Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

View the finalists' images in the slideshow below, or view the Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards 2022 finalists album in Council's Flickr account.

Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards 2022 finalists

What you need to know

Categories and prizes

Read more about each of the six categories and eight cash prizes.

Find out more

[Photographer: Shane Spoor]

Last updated: 31 August 2022
Topics: creative

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