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St Kilda Library c1971. Photo courtesy of Enrico Taglietti
St Kilda Library c1971. Photo courtesy of Enrico Taglietti

Competition entries open to photographers, poets, and artists

In 2018, the DESIGN Canberra Festival sees the return of our popular Instagram Photography competition and the addition of two exciting new ways to get involved in the festival – the City Art call-out and our inaugural Poetry Awards.

These competitions offer rewarding opportunities for entrants of all ages and of all interests. Whether you have an eye for geometry-inspired photography, a poetic way with words, or a vision for activating the CBD with beautiful design, the DESIGN Canberra Festival has an opportunity for you.

In 2017 the Photography Competition saw more than 250 images entered via Instagram. This year, we encourage you to point and shoot geometry-inspired images in Canberra. Entry is easy, simply follow @designcanberrafestival on Instagram, upload entries and tag each submission with #DesignCanberra and #DCPhotoComp2018 (your profile will also need to be set to public). The open award category is open to anyone aged 16 or over, just add #open to your image to be considered in this category. High school and college students in year levels 7-12 are invited to submit works in the student category by adding #student to their entry. Prizes include a $200 PhotoAccess voucher, professional printing and framing of your image thanks to our generous sponsors Ted’s Cameras and Canberra City Framing, and more.

2017 also saw the hugely successful collaboration with local artist, Jodie Cunningham, on the stunning activation of Civic Square. This year our City Art Call-out extends activations in the CBD to two new ground installations and 10 graphics printed in prominent CBD windowfronts. These artworks will bring the CBD to life during the DESIGN Canberra festival and selected artists will receive $500 (ground installation) or $200 (window installation). A range of prizes from festival partners will also be awarded to selected artists and the winner of the People’s Choice prize.

This year we are also thrilled to announce our inaugural DESIGN Canberra Poetry awards with two categories, the Enrico Taglietti Poetry Award and the City of Design Poetry Award. These awards are to celebrate Canberra’s distinctive design identity and encourage people to write, publish and read poetry. Winners of each award will receive $250, have their poem published in a select literary journal, and see their poem publicly displayed as a street stencil throughout the DESIGN Canberra festival.

We encourage all creatives to submit entries for the competitions with aspirations to see our Canberra CBD alive as a vibrant city of design. Canberra has been — and always will be — a living design laboratory and these competitions will showcase the thriving and globally connected design community that Australia’s capital city is home to.

Full terms and conditions of the Instagram Photography Competition can be found here:

Full terms and conditions of the City Art Call-out: Graphic Interventions Competition can be found here:

Full terms and conditions of the Poetry Awards can be found here: