PLEASE NOTE: The inaugural contest is now complete and is currently being judged - but stay tuned for the 2016-7 competition! 
Like most creative endeavours, photography is a hard field to break into when you’re just starting out. You need to show that you’ve got talent and abilities, but that’s hard when nobody has seen what you can do. And because you’re an unknown quantity, very few people – such as potential clients – will take the risk of hiring you over somebody with proven experience. It’s the classic ‘Catch 22’ situation.
At Camera we know that there are a lot of talented young photographers out there who are good enough to perhaps one day turn their hobby into a profession, but where do you start? Publishing your own images online is one thing, but everybody is doing that and, unless your work is truly exceptional, it’s very unlikely anybody will notice you. Being published in print is still the best way to get a toe in the door. It means that your images have been evaluated by professionals and judged good enough to get on the page. 
So, over the next six issues of Camera, we’re giving you the chance to do just that… have a portfolio of your images published over a double-page spread in Australia’s leading photography magazine. At the end of the competition, we’ll also judge all six portfolios and crown somebody the Australian Teenage Photographer Of The Year.
ENTER via email to - but read the rules below first!
WINOur good friends at Canon Australia also like this idea, so they’ve given us an EOS 750D D-SLR with an EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens – currently valued at $1449 – to present as the grand prize. Furthermore, the overall winner will be presented with the inaugural Australian Teenage Photographer Of The Year trophy.
Of course, we can’t guarantee you’ll have a brilliant career in photography, but if you win one of the six rounds, you’ll have a published portfolio to show off and, if you win the competition overall, you’ll have some serious bragging rights. We’ll also be showcasing your images on Camera magazine’s website at
Your submissions will be evaluated by Camera editor Paul Burrows and professional photographer Bruce Usher, who both have vast experience in evaluating the work of photographers, both beginners and the more experienced.
Here’s How To Get Started
One aspect of being a good photographer is being a good editor so, initially, we want you to select your SIX best images. These can be of any subject or on any theme, but they need to demonstrate your abilities with a camera… in other words, your eye for a great picture. We don’t mind a bit of post-camera editing, but anything that’s obviously over-manipulated won’t make the cut.
Next, submit small JPEG versions of your top six – the file size doesn’t need to be any bigger than 500 KB – via email to In the subject line of the email write Teenage Photography Competition and, in the body of the email, supply your name, age and a (very) brief outline of what you like to photograph and why.
If your submission is successful, we’ll contact you to obtain bigger image files (and perhaps also a few more pictures) plus some additional information about who you are and what motivates you to take pictures.
The last publication for submissions will be the May/June 2016 issue of Camera magazine, so the closing date for the competition is 15 April 2016. You may enter each round, but you must submit a different portfolio of six images each time.
Here Are The (Simple) Rules
1. To be eligible to enter the Australian Teenage Photographer Of The Year competition you must be resident in Australia and aged between 13 and 19 as of 30 June 2015.
2. The closing date for final online submissions in 15 April 2016.
3. All submitted images must have been taken in the 12 months prior to you entering the competition.
4. You are permitted to use any type or brand of camera/lens.
5. You are permitted to enter any or all rounds, except that should you win a round, no further submissions are allowed. Each submission must feature a different set of six images.
6. Copyright remains with the photographer, but we retain the right to publish any submitted image in association with publicity or promotion of the Australian Teenage Photographer Of The Year competition.
7. Competition open to Australian residents only, aged between 13 and 19 as of 30 June 2015. Opens 00:01 AEST 30/6/15 and closes 23:59 AEST 15/4/16, you will be eligible by submitting a set of 6 photographs, 12 months prior to 30/6/15. 1 luck winner will receive a Canon EOS 750D super kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, valued at $1449. Total prize pool valued at $1,499. Entries will be judged by the Camera editorial team on 21/04/16. This is a game of skill. The most creative photo set will win. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of the prize (from 21/04/16). The Promoter is nextmedia Pty Ltd 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards, NSW 2065. For full terms and conditions visit
PLEASE NOTE: The inaugural contest is now complete and is currently being judged - but stay tuned for the 2016-7 competition!