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DESIGN Canberra 2020’s photography competition is all about our beloved suburbs

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Canberra’s premier arts festival—DESIGN Canberra—has announced that its annual photography competition is back for 2020, and with a subject matter close to our hearts.

Inspired by our main COVID-era activity of spending time at home, the competition is looking for entries that respond to the theme of ‘This Is Suburbia‘.

“Canberra is often derided for being so suburban, but like many of us, having spent the past few months at home during COVID-19, I have a new-found appreciation for the beauty and liveability of our gorgeous city—a true city of design,” says Rachael Coghlan CEO of Craft ACT and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra 2020.

Kicking off on 6 July, the competition will run until 28 September ahead of DESIGN Canberra festival 2020, which will take place from 9-29 November across Canberra.

The competition will speak to a broader theme of Canberra’s suburban identity, which will be present in much of the festival’s 2020 program.

The six winners will take away cash prizes of $100 each, while the top 100 photos will be displayed at a special exhibition during the festival. There are also open and student categories in the competition.

How to enter

Entries are to be submitted via Instagram, between 29 June and 28 September. For entries to be considered, participants will need to follow and tag @designcanberrafestival and hashtag their photographs with #designcanberra #dcphotocomp2020 and #student if you are a college or high school student.

Entry to the competition is free and submissions close 28 September 2020. The winners will be announced on social media and on the DESIGN Canberra website in November 2020.

Read the full terms and conditions and selection criteria on the DESIGN Canberra website.

Photo: 5 Foot Photography.

Key dates

  • 6 July: This is Suburbia photography competition opens
  • 25 July: Photography Instameet part one
  • 22 August: Photography Instameet part two
  • 28 September: This is Suburbia photography competition closes
  • 9-29 November: Finalists and winners works exhibited during DESIGN Canberra

Photography Instameet

Explore suburbia with a walking photography tour around Aranda with local architecture enthusiast and author of Canberra House, Martin Miles.

Explore mid-century architecture and iconic suburban vistas weaving natural and built beauty. Photos can be submitted to the DESIGN Canberra Instagram Photography Competition.

DESIGN Canberra is taking precautionary approaches to managing the spread of COVID-19, which is in line with the latest national and local health advice.

To attend this event bookings are essential and a limited number of 25 spots are available. Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Saturday 25 July from 9.30 am – 10.15 am. Bookings essential via TryBooking.


What: DESIGN Canberra festival 2020
When: 9-29 November 2020
Where: Various locations across Canberra
More information: designcanberrafestival.com.au

Feature image: The Dingle House by Enrico Taglietti. Photo: Michael Wee

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