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Competition Definition

You are invited to participate in a competition and exhibition that is a tribute to Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem. The subject shall be a photo taken within Western Australia that is about any one or more of the BOLD words in Dorothea’s poem. You will need to use your chosen words in the title of your image.

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror

The wide brown land for me!

Poetry used by permission of Dorothea Mackellar. 


Rules and Requirements:

There are two parts to the competition: 

Round 1 entries will be shortlisted to identify the finalists, which will be printed and matted by Fitzgeralds and exhibited at WAMM. Digital entries to comply with WAPF Core Rules 

Opening date for Digitals 26 June 2020.

Closing Date Digitals 8 August 2020. 

Up to 50 Finalists’ images will be chosen by a panel of WAPJA judges. 

Finalists to return High-Resolution images for printing by 16 August 2020.

These images will be printed and matted by Fitzgeralds, and then the Finalist prints will be exhibited at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. 

WA Maritime Museum “My Country” Exhibition: 19 September to 25 October 2020. 


Round Two

A winning image will be chosen by a WAPJA judging panel from the prints, for the prize of OM-D E-M1 Mark III + M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II Lens - Worth $3750 In addition, there will be a People’s Choice competition with votes from visitors to the exhibition with a small prize. Prizes to be announced at a morning tea ceremony on 25 October. 

In addition to the Core rules the following specific rules apply: 

  1. Entry Fee of $5.00 per digital image entered, a maximum of 4 entries can be entered. 
  2. Images shall be taken in Western Australia.
  3. File names shall be of the format: Author’s name_Image Title_Location of image.JPG. Include the Bold words from the poem in your title. Note that the underscore characters (_) act as column separators when the file names are imported into a spreadsheet.
  4. High-resolution files and a payment of $30 [TBD] must be provided for the shortlisted images, to pay for printing and matting at Fitzgeralds. 
  5. The High-resolution files shall have the same filename as the original digital image. 
  6. The main prize will be awarded to an image selected by a panel of WAPJA judges. 
  7. A secondary prize will be awarded by popular vote (Peoples’ Choice) of visitors to the exhibition.