City of Sydney calls for little shutterbugs to enter competition

Last year's winner from the three to seven-year-old category, Milena Bate, snapped this picture of her newborn brother. Photo: Milena Bate/supplied.


Encouraging the next generation of Australians to be creative and follow their passions is something we should all be doing. With that in mind, the City of Sydney Council is calling on aspiring young photographers to enter their Little Sydney Lives competition. Children aged from three and twelve-years-old are encouraged to take part.

This year, the theme is life in Sydney over the past year. Entrants have the chance to win one of two sets of $500 worth of photography prizes, along with having their work showcased in an outdoor exhibition in Hyde Park North from 15 September to 9 October.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was eagerly anticipating entries to the competition, which has now been running for more than a decade.

“This year we celebrate 12 years of Little Sydney Lives – a competition that has become increasingly popular with our city’s youngest snappers,” said Moore.

“It’s always inspiring to see the fresh creativity and originality in submitted images, which can range from delightfully simple compositions and subjects, to the most complex and confronting – from the family dog enjoying an afternoon walk through to shots chronicling the impacts of lockdown. I look forward to seeing what surprises are in store this year.”

Last year’s winner in the eight to twelve age category of the Little Sydney Lives competition. Photo: Layla Rose Moshi/City of Sydney/supplied.

There are two age categories children can enter: three to seven-years-old and eight to twelve. The winners of each category will take home a photography prize worth $500.

The winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition, which will be returning to Sandringham Gardens in Hyde Park after having been online for the past two years due to Covid-19.

Last year’s winner for the three to seven-year-old category was Milena Bate from Summer Hill, for her piece titled My New Brother In Sydney. The winner for the eight to twelve category was Layla Rose Moshi from Bossley Park with her piece titled Wishing Well.

A panel of judges will be in charge of selecting the finalist images for the exhibition, before turning them over to be curated by photographer Sandy Edwards.

Little Sydney Lives is just one part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program, which includes events and temporary art projects in unorthodox places throughout the city.

For those wishing to participate in the competition, entries close at midnight on Tuesday 24 May, 2020. To find out more about the competition visit

Tileah Dobson is the news editor and sub-editor of the Sydney Sentinel.

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