People's Choice Photographic Awards


Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards is an annual photographic competition showcasing the beautiful, the poignant, unique and the quirky in our River City. And, you get to vote for your favourite photo!

Open to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Brisbane, this year Council asked entrants to snap a photo of something that shows how their local Brisbane life just keeps getting better.

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Entries for 2021 closed on Wednesday 11 August, 2021, and The Lord Mayor has now announced the winners of the Open Category, as well as the Student, Social Media, Greenheart categories and the LaVonne Bobongie Award.

Top image: Open category winner Tim MacTaggart Arboretum fog: I took this photo one dawn of a keen walker disappearing into the mist at the Sherwood Arboretum

Image above: Social Media category winner Chi Wai Lui Future of Brisbane: A snapshot of construction work at Brisbane CBD.

And, now it's over to you! From the unprecedented number of entries received this year, 25 photos have been shortlisted (see below) and are therefore eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Vote for the photo you feel best captures how local Brisbane life just keeps getting better.

Left: Rosemary Featherstone - Jumoo: ‘Jumoo’ means smoking and this ceremony allowed Brisbane to reset and start afresh after a whirlwind year.

Right: Marcin Kielar - Double-barred finches at Oxley Creek: A family portrait of local double-barred finches enjoying the sunset at Oxley Creek Common. 27 June 2021.

Left: Isaac O’Brien - The beauty of Moreton Bay: At sunrise, I noticed a group of pelicans wading in the water. They stayed still, allowing me to capture this photo of the beautiful scene. Wynnum.

Right: Tom Templeton - Late-night rock climbing at Kangaroo Point: Unwinding after work and adding a bit of adventure to city life by heading out for a late-night climb at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

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Left: Leah Pett - Shorncliffe sunrise swimmers: Striding through the Shorncliffe shallows to swim out to meet the sunrise.

Right: Piet Konopatzki - Watch the sunrise over Brisbane from Mt Coot-tha: This is one of my favourite views of Brisbane city. Mt Coot-tha Lookout has some of the best views over Brisbane.

Left: Mark Fegan - Bee and basil flowers: A native bee visiting some flowering basil in our garden. Carindale

Right: Lisa Caruana - Nature’s beauty: After a Spotted Gumtree fell during a storm in front of our Fitzgibbon Community Centre, I traditionally harvested bark creating these beautiful natural vessels. Fitzgibbon

Left: Namita Nathani - Reflections: Photograph encompasses coins representing wishes, hopes and dreams of everyone who visited Mt Coot-tha’s Botanical Garden. 

Right: Jun Zhang - The joy of harvest: Taken in a beautiful community garden. Lota.

Left: Alice Mariette  - Childhood unplugged: An image of my eldest son enjoying a new experience while holidaying on Moreton Island.

Right: Louis Lim - Missabittatitti: ‘Missabittatitti’ is a determined group of breast cancer survivors and their supporters who paddle in a dragon boat on the Brisbane River every week. Morningside.

Left: Rita Lam - Family face masks: Washing and air-drying face masks in the backyard become part of daily life. COVID-19 has changed our way of living. Sunnybank.

Right: Valeriia Latcenko - I’m not shy, I’m an introvert: This photo of the blue soldier crab was taken on low tide at Brighton foreshore.

Left: Roseann Hall - Meet the Queen: “I will live to be 100 years old”, the mother of two reassured her then young daughters, “and on this day we shall celebrate together.” Tingalpa.

Right: Juan Camilo Serna Trejos - Then and now: We should never forget where we come from and where we are going, so it is always good to compare the before and now. New Farm.

Left: Shane Spoor - High flying and carefree: One of the great skate parks of Brisbane, inspiring the young to leave their electronic devices alone. Petrie Terrace.

Right: Kayci Gillies - Bridge the gap: Standing between the two bridges joining Redcliffe and Sandgate.

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Left: Shane Spoor - Life in Fish Lane: Speeding through the popular Fish Lane, maybe on her way to one of the trendy hipster bars or just passing through. South Brisbane.

Right: Elana Mullaly - Laughs in South Brisbane: A family having a fun time in their neighbourhood.

Left: Rita Lam - COVID-19 restrictions: Social distancing of 1.5 metres and wearing a face mask were the restrictions on 26 July 2021. Sunnybank Hills.

Right: Tony Elsom - Southbank 3: To the backdrop of the Goodwill Bridge on a very foggy early morning, the CityCat Southbank Terminal 3 reflected beautifully on the still waters.

Left: Rosemary Featherstone - The amphibian pygmy: Hunting for the dwarf frogs at Mt Coot-tha’s frog pond is always fun, especially when you find one.

Right: Alice Mariette - Freedom: A photograph of my children playing in the water at Nudgee Beach after a long bike ride through the wetlands.

Below: Clement McAteer - An old couple: A couple of mangroves watching a sunrise together at Nudgee Beach.

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Voting closes Oct 7, 2021


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