Australian Human Rights Commission photography competition

A winner in the 2011 Australian Human Rights Commission photography competition, Nimbois bat by Sean Spencer. Image courtesy AHRC
A winner in the 2011 Australian Human Rights Commission photography competition, Nimbois bat by Sean Spencer. Image courtesy AHRC

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

For almost a decade, the commission has been holding photo competitions every couple of years.

The most recent competition attracted a record 450 entries.

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

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

Many recall the impact of photos such as Nick Ut’s The Terror of War of child Kim Phuc after a napalm attack in the Vietnam War.

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

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

HOW TO ENTER

There will be two categories for entries: under 18, and 18 and over. Overall winners will receive their prizes at the 2017 Human Rights Awards, with a selection on display.

Entries close on September 30.