Australian Human Rights Commission's annual photography prize

Photo: Sean Spencer - "Nimboi's Bat", from the 2011 competition. Sean says 'This photo was taken during the Alpurrurulam NT lantern parade in 2010 as a part of the Christmas holiday program for the community. The children of Alpurrurulam made lanterns and had a parade at the end of the week.'
Photo: Sean Spencer - "Nimboi's Bat", from the 2011 competition. Sean says 'This photo was taken during the Alpurrurulam NT lantern parade in 2010 as a part of the Christmas holiday program for the community. The children of Alpurrurulam made lanterns and had a parade at the end of the week.'

If you have a keen eye for photography, an understanding of the meaning ‘home’, and how it brings universal human rights, then there’s a competition right for you. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission is once again running its photography competition, with a $600 prize up for grabs for the most outstanding image.

Last year’s competition attracted a record 450 entries. It has been held for almost a decade. 

Photography is a powerful medium with a long history in the promotion and advancement of human rights around the world.

The theme for the 2017 competition is Home, inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home..."

Photos foster empathy for the suffering and experience of others, community engagement and positive social change.

No one can forget the impact of photos such as Nick Ut’s famous photo The Terror of War of child Kim Phuc after a napalm attack during the Vietnam War.

The shortlisted and winning photos to be displayed at the 2017 Human Rights Awards on December 8, in Sydney.

So, what are you waiting for?

About the competition

Enter at https://photocompetition.humanrights.gov.au/

There will be two categories for entries: Under 18 and 18 & over.

Overall winners will receive their prizes at the 2017 Human Rights Awards on December 8 in Sydney. A selection of photos from the Competition will also be on display.

Main prizes worth $600.

The competition will close on September 30, 2017.

If you have a query about the competition, please email photocomp@humanrights.gov.au