Threatened Species Day Photographic Exhibition

National Threatened Species Day: Open Photographic Exhibition

Call for Entries

Exhibition Runs: Thursday 5 September – Wednesday 11 December

Wildbark at Mulligans Flat, Rosenberg St, Throsby

September 7 is National Threatened Species Day – an opportunity to shine a light on our at-risk Australian native plants and animals and celebrate the many important conservation activities being undertaken by scientists and our community to protect these species and their habitats.

After a wonderfully successful event in 2023, Gungahlin Arts and Wildbark are delighted to present the National Threatened Species Day Open Photographic Exhibition again in 2024.

Photographers of all ages and abilities from around Australia are invited to submit up to three images for inclusion in the exhibition. Photographs must relate to the theme of National Threatened Species Day – by featuring threatened Australian plants and animals, the habitats and ecosystems that support them, or conservation initiatives aimed at protecting them.

Photographs should be submitted in square format (1:1 ratio) and must be at least 2mb in size. 

All entries will be professionally printed at a size of 30x30cm for inclusion in the exhibition and prizes will be awarded in 2 categories – Open and Student (18 yrs and under). There will also be a people’s choice award running throughout the exhibition.

Open Prize: $1000 cash

Open Highly Commended: A ‘Meet our Wildlife’ encounter for a group of 6 valued at $300

Student Prize: $500 cash

Student Highly Commended: A Twilight tour experience for 4 people valued at $260

People’s Choice Prize: $500 cash

The 2024 Judging panel will be made up of Dr Fiona Fraser – Australian Threatened Species Commissioner, Annette Rypalski – Biodiversity Director at Odonata and Ryan Colley – Photographer and winner of the 2023 National Threatened Species Day Open Photographic Exhibition

Submit your entry

Conditions of Entry

Photograph Specifications:

  • Photographs must be submitted as a square digital image (1:1 ratio), which will be professionally printed by Belconnen Arts Centre Inc for this exhibition at a size of 30 x 30 cm.
  • Artworks must have been created after 1 January 2022 and must not have been previously submitted to the National Threatened Species Day Open Photographic Exhibition.
  • Belconnen Arts Centre Inc reserves the right to crop or exclude any artworks which are not submitted as square images.
  • Accepted file formats are TIFF, JPG, PNG and PDF.
  • Minimum file size is 2mb and maximum file size is 15mb. For best results, images should be submitted in CMYK format at a resolution of 300dpi.
  • All images must be the original creations of the submitting artist.  AI generated works are not accepted.
  • The works must relate to the exhibition theme National Threatened Species Day. Works which do not relate to this theme will not be exhibited.
  • The works must not be offensive, discriminatory or otherwise hurtful in nature.  Works that are considered inappropriate will not be displayed at the sole discretion of Belconnen Arts Centre Inc
  • Belconnen Arts Centre Inc reserves the right not to exhibit works.

Who can enter?

  • There are two categories in the exhibition: Student and Open.
  • For entrants in the student category, entrants must be enrolled in primary or secondary school and be 18 years or under at the time the artwork was created. Artists must truthfully report their eligibility for this category.
  • There is no age restrictions on entries in the Open category and entries are invited from people with all levels of artistic experience, from hobbyists through to professionals.
  • Each artist can enter up to three works. 
  • Entrants must reside in Australia
  • Members of the judging panel and their immediate families are not eligible to enter

Fees, Judging and Prizes:

  • There is no entry fee to be part of the exhibition.
  • One winning entry will be selected in each category to receive the prize for that category. A highly commended prize will also be issued in the student and open categories.
  • Winners in the student and open categories are decided by a selection panel consisting of representation from Belco Arts, Wildbark and photography professionals. 
  • Winners of the student and open categories will be announced on National Threatened Species Day – Saturday 7 September 2024.
  • All entries are eligible for the people’s choice award
  • The people’s choice award is decided by popular vote and will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition on Wednesday 11 December.
  • Voting in the people’s choice category will take place at Wildbark during exhibition opening hours from 5 September – 11 December 2024. Only one vote per person will be accepted.
  • Student Prize: $500 cash, Student Highly Commended: A Twilight tour experience for 4 people valued at $260
  • Open Prize: $1000 cash, Open Highly Commended: A ‘Meet our Wildlife’ encounter for a group of 6 valued at $300
  • People’s Choice Prize: $500 cash
  • If no entries are received for a particular category, the prize for that category will not be issued.
  • Judging decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Copyright and image reproduction:

  • Copyright for all entries remains with the artist
  • By entering the exhibition, you grant Belconnen Arts Centre Incorporated and Wildbark a non-exclusive license to reproduce your image for display in this exhibition as an unframed photograph at 30x30cm. 
  • By entering the exhibition, you give consent to use images of your work for the purpose of media, promotion, reporting and documentation relating to the exhibition by Belconnen Arts Centre Incorporated, Wildbark or Arts ACT (ACT Government) for a period of 2 years from the submission of your entry.
  • Submitting your entry does not guarantee that the photograph/ image will be used for this purpose and if it is used, copies of material will not be sent prior to publication.
  • Artists will be fully credited on all image reproductions and images will not be reproduced beyond what has been specified above without the express consent of the artist.

Other conditions of entry:

  • Works will not be offered for sale through this exhibition.  All enquiries related to the purchase of original works will be forwarded directly to the artist
  • Entries must be received by Midnight on Sunday 18 August 2024.  Entries received after this time will not be included in the exhibition.
  • Printed artworks will be available for collection by the artists at Belconnen Arts Centre (118 Emu Bank Belconnen, ACT) after the close of the exhibition.  Artists will be notified when prints are ready for collection and works which have not been collected within 1 month of the notification date will be destroyed.