Australian Women’s Weekly and Meat & Livestock Australia photo competition

The Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine (AWW) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) are running a brand new photography competition titled ‘Champions of the Land’.  Details are included on page 214 in the November 2011 issue of The Australian’s Women’s Weekly

Summary of entry details:

Entry in the ‘Champions of the Land’ photo competition is open from 26 October and closes on 29 November 2011.  So there is no time to waste.

Up to 3 photos will be accepted in the competition, but these photos must be substantially different from one another.  Entered images are not eligible for selection if they have been published anywhere else, already.  Each entry must be accompanied by a statement of 25 words or less, describing the story behind the photograph.  Entries must of course be the original work of entrants.


There are 3 judges.  Helen McCabe, Editor-in-chief of the Women’s Weekly; Deborah Leake, MLA, and myself (a professional photographer specialising in rural Australia). 

The 5 finalist images will be published in the January 2012 edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly, along with the photographer’s details etc, thus receiving valuable publicity for the photographer and for rural Australia.  The final winner will receive a 64GB Apple ipad – and additional, very valuable publicity – via publication in the February 2012 issue of AWW.

The MLA may also organise an exhibition of a selection of the entered images during 2012, which is the Year of the Farmer.  Entrants whose images are selected for exhibition will have their names appearing with their images, and in any catalogue/s or image lists that are produced for the exhibition/s.  (So anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the exhibited images, would be able to contact the photographer direct.)

Judges will be looking for creativity/originality and how well the photos relate to the theme – food producers working and caring for their land and livestock.  Plus, of course, technical excellence.  Usually, winning images involve the ideal combination of originality (of subject, composition, approach) and technical ability.  But photos also have to be relevant to the theme – otherwise they won’t be in the race.

The finalist photos will be published in the Australian Women’s Weekly.  Because AWW is a full colour glossy magazine, print reproduction qualities will unavoidably be a consideration as well (although this aspect is largely covered by the above-mentioned reference to the necessity of a good technical standard, it is worth emphasising).

The Australian Women’s Weekly has the highest circulation of any Australian magazine – reaching more than 2 million Australians via nearly half a million sold copies per month.

The three smaller ‘insert’  images that appear in the double page ‘Champions of the bush’ article in the November AWW issue (pages 214-5) were taken by myself on Rosewood Station (northern NT/WA border), Tanbar (Channel Country, Qld) and Wrotham Park (upper Gulf Country, Qld).

For specific details on how to enter and where to send entries in ‘Champions of the Land’, plus the terms & conditions ‘fine print’, refer to the November 2011 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

I am very much looking forward to being part of the judging team for this photography competition.  So get busy and send in your best images, and please pass the information on to anyone else you know who may be interested in entering.

PS:  Please note that as a judge I can’t provide personal advice or answer questions regarding the competition, so any queries are forwarded on to ACP (publishers of the Australian Women’s Weekly).  The photography competition Terms & Conditions are on the ACP Magazines website.

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