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, via the People's Choice Award category, 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 captures the Spirit of Brisbane.

Entries for 2022 closed on Friday 8th July, 2022, and The Lord Mayor has now announced the winners of the Open Category, as well as the Student, Social Media, Green Heart categories and the LaVonne Bobongie Award.

Top image: Open Category First Runner-Up winner Hiroki Tadano - Shine the Night: This is unforgettable and my favourite part of Brisbane RiverFire. The photo was taken last year and I'm so happy with the outcome.

Image above: Green Heart Category Winner  winner Kyle Wassink - Night Owl - Never expected to see a Tawny Frogmouth in the City.

And, now it's over to you! From the huge number of entries received this year, 25 photos have been shortlisted (see below) and are therefore eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Vote now for the photo you feel best captures the spirit of Brisbane - voting closes on August 19 at 4pm.

Susan Murphy - Title: Frog spotting Photo Description: I love to explore the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and photograph the green frogs especially when they are sitting in the beautiful flowers. Suburb taken: Mount Coot-tha

Left: Rosemary Featherstone - Title: At the barre Photo Description: Love Brisbane's many festivals - this was the QLD Ballet Academy performing at Brisfest 2021 at Southbank - love all the free events! Suburb taken: South Brisbane

Right: Aaron Watson - Title: First Nations spirit looking to the past Photo Description: A representation of our First Nations peoples looking to the shrine of remembrance in the hope of recognition of those who follow. Suburb taken: Brisbane City

Andrew Simonsen - Title:  The Kite-surfer and the Heron Photo Description:  This was fun to watch as the kite-surfer made his way back to his group, the Heron trotted along beside him. Suburb taken: Sandgate

Left: .Luan Sejdi - Title: The Lake Photo Description: A Sunday walk around Forest Lake. My favourite place to relax. Suburb taken: Forest Lake

Right: Laura Leighton - Title: Guardians Photo Description: Bush stone-curlews enjoying the afternoon sunlight and awaiting the arrival of evening. Suburb taken: St Lucia

Wade Krueger - Title: Always Was Always Will Be Photo Description: Our ancestors were here before us 60,000 years ago, our culture is strong and will survive. Suburb taken: Sandgate

Michaelee Parr - Title: Over the hurdle Photo Description: Using an ascender, I captured climbers as they made it past the crux of the climb. Their faces went from exhaustion, fear, confusion, to delight. Suburb taken: Kangaroo Point

Tina Eastley - Title: Jammin’ Covid style Photo Description: Girl & Guitar concert at the Powerhouse. I knew it could be cancelled due to a sudden restriction, but took the chance anyway and rocked out. Suburb taken: New Farm

Left: Chansereypich Seng - Title: Power of diversity and community Photo Description: I joined a Luminous Lantern Parade during my first week in Brisbane, and I witnessed the power of resilience, diversity, and community amongst the people. Suburb taken: South Brisbane

Right: Uci Rachmah Sari - Title: Motherhood Photo Description: Making the impossible possible. A mother and her child share a joyful moment right before entering a graduation ceremony. Suburb taken: St Lucia

Kylie Facey - Title: Reach Photo Description: My friend's daughter reaching for the painted bubble from some street art. Suburb taken: Teneriffe

Rosemary Featherstone - Title: Taking a step towards diversity Photo Description: For 30 years, Brisbane Pride celebrates the LGBTIQ+ community and has marched and advocated for all to live well and free from discrimination. Suburb taken: Fortitude Valley

Mark Sawtell - Title: Story bridge with jacarandas Photo Description: Blooming jacarandas with the night lights of the story bridge and our beautiful city. Suburb taken: New Farm

Left: Valerie Iatcenko - Title: Future through the window Photo Description: This photo was taken at the Brisbane Square Library. We absolutely love to come and read the books here with my daughter. Suburb taken: Brisbane City

Right: Mitchell Pettigrew - Title: Rainbow Photo Description: Reflections of the city in rainbow lights. Suburb taken: Brisbane City

Sang Le - Title: Friendship Photo Description: There are a lot of birds around Forest Lake. I saw the birds stand and line up on the high branch of the tree. Suburb taken: Forest Lake

Stephanie Makin- Title:  The Calm after the Storm Photo Description:  My daughter venturing out after the rain had finally stopped. This was taken at Manly and was so calm and peaceful. Suburb taken: Manly

Valerie Iatcenko - Title: Map of Australia Photo Description: I took this photo with my drone in Brighton Wetlands and reminded me of a map of Australia. Suburb taken: Brighton

Dave Gover - Title: Muddled Photo Description: Soldier crabs marching across the mudflats south of the mouth of Taigum, Cabbage Tree Creek. Suburb taken: Shorncliffe           

Lin Wang - Title: Bayside Life Photo Description: Fishing into sunset. Suburb taken: Wynnum

Jennifer Sear - Title: Walk with me through nature Photo Description: Two branches of a tree appearing as two people holding hands walking into a bright future. Suburb taken: Manly

Ricky Attard - Title: Stormy Brisbane  Photo Description: The incredible power of lightning over the Brisbane City skyline. Suburb taken: South Brisbane

Adam Muhammad -  Title: El Diablo Photo Description:  Brisbane – A beacon of multiculturalism. An image that portrays the diversity of Brisbane’s culture. Taken at the 2022 Luminous Lantern Festival. Suburb taken: South Brisbane

Chi Wai Lui - Title: Rainy Day Photo Description: A snapshot taken at Queens Street. Suburb taken: Brisbane City

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