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Arrival by Isabel Matthews 2000-2018 Canberra.  Winner of the 2017 Design Canberra Photographic Competition (student)
Arrival by Isabel Matthews 2000-2018 Canberra. Winner of the 2017 Design Canberra Photographic Competition (student)

Geometry in Canberra: Instagram competition returns for 2018

Design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of the Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable developments today, Canberra has been — and always will be — a living design laboratory.

We are seeking new photography which responds to Canberra’s unique design identity. Geometry is the theme of this year’s DESIGN Canberra program, referencing Canberra’s distinctive form. Triangles, concentric circles and arcs connect major avenues and underlie the city’s early planning. Geometry is everywhere we look: inscribed on the earth, in our buildings and our city’s plan.

Design lovers, architecture enthusiasts and photographers are encouraged to take a closer look at their surroundings and draw out the details of this city’s unique geometry for the chance to have their work included in a DESIGN Canberra exhibition and to win great prizes from  Ted’s Cameras, Photo Access, Canberra City Framing and Better Photography Magazine.  Up to six finalists will be selected to have their work professionally printed and framed for inclusion in the exhibition, so it’s important that you have a high resolution copy of your image (300dpi, 5mb) available if selected.

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.

Submissions are now open, and will close at 4pm on Wednesday 3 October 2018.  Winners will be announced at Creative Careers, hosted by Radford College on Tuesday 6 November 2018.  Creative Careers is a DESIGN Canberra event which offers a chance for people of all ages to hear from leading creatives offering tips and insights into building a sustainable and satisfying career pathway in the design arts.


This project is made possible with the generous  support of DESIGN Canberra sponsor Radford College and prize sponsors Canberra City Framing, Ted’s Cameras, Photo Access and Better Photography Magazine.


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