The ACIAR photography competition aims to foster an appreciation, through photos, of the wonderful Research for Development work ACIAR supports in the developing world and Australia.


Entries must be photographic images that illustrate, represent, support and celebrate the agricultural research for development work undertaken by ACIAR.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant.

Entrants must submit an entry form for each image. See entry form below.

Entries close April 30th, 2018.

Who can enter?

The ACIAR photo competition is free and open to anyone.

Can professional photographers submit entries?

Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to enter the ACIAR photo competition.

NOTE: Entrants must not submit photos that have been taken as part of a professional photographic assignment commissioned by ACIAR.

How do I submit my entry?

Entry is free and should be submitted via email to

Where sending large files via email is an issue file sharing services such as Wetransfer or Hightail may be used.

You may submit as many photos as you like.

Each entry must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form. See entry form below.

Photos must be submitted as jpeg (digital file).
Each image file should be maximum 10MB
image dimensions
2400plx x 1800plx   (8 x 6 inches @ 300dpi)

All photo must include essential data:
Title: Short descriptive title

  • Brief explanation of the image
  • Date and location
  • ACIAR project and/or program
  • Names of people photographed.

Photographer: Full name

About the competition

Grand prize:
Camera + accessories pack valued at $1000.

Category prizes:
Camera to the value of $500.

A panel of judges nominated by ACIAR will assess all entries and will select works for exhibition.
Prizes will be awarded for the best photos in 7 categories.

Best photo. A Grand Prize will be awarded for the photo judged to be the BEST in contest.  

  1. Empowering women and girls
  2. Capacity building at individual and institutional levels in our partner
    countries and in Australia
  3. Value chains and private-sector engagement— safer and more inclusive
    agrifood value chains
  4. Natural resources and climate change—more resilient livelihoods in the face of
    climate change
  5. Human health and nutrition—healthier and better-nourished families
  6. Food security and poverty reduction—productive, sustainable and resilient
    farming systems

The judge’s decision is final and no discussion will be entered into.                 

ACIAR will produce and publish a printed catalogue of exhibition works.
ACIAR will create an online gallery of exhibition works.
An exhibition and official opening will be held in Canberra.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) will host the ACIAR Photography
Competition Exhibition from 17-24 September 2018.

You will be notified in May 2018 if your work has been selected for the exhibition.
Unsuccessful entrants will not be notified.

ACIAR will be responsible for the printing, framing, transport and hanging of all exhibition photos.
All printed and framed works will remain the property of ACIAR.

What are my responsibilities?

The entrant warrants that they own the intellectual property rights in their entry and that any intellectual property rights and moral rights of a third party have not been infringed.

The entrant must obtain the informed consent of persons featured in their submitted photograph for all public uses of the photograph and ensure that no additional consents or licenses are required in respect of names, trademarks, designs, works of art or any other intellectual property depicted in the work.

Copyright in all photographs will remain with the entrant.

It is a condition of entry that the entrant grants to the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) the right to freely use (with attribution), reproduce and publish, in digital and print mediums, all photographs submitted to the competition for the purposes of publicity and promotion, education, and information sharing associated with ACIAR’s activities.

Frequently asked questions

Can I enter a photograph that was taken in a previous year?

Yes. Photos do not have to have been taken in the year of the competition.

Do I need to obtain consent from my subject?

You are required to obtain informed consent from your subject/s, through a verbal or written agreement, to demonstrate that they understand their rights regarding the photograph being taken.

The subject must be informed that their image may be displayed in print and online.
Where information is disclosed about the subject in the accompanying documentation, you must also obtain permission as to whether the name and other personal information of the subject can be used in conjunction with the image.

Submitting a copy of the subject’s consent, in addition to the signed application form agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the competition, is not required.

See the Ethical Use of Photographs guide below.

Do I have to pay a fee to submit my photo?

No. Entry is free.

Will my photograph be returned to me after the exhibition?

No. We strongly advise you to keep a copy of your work.

What about copyright?

You retain copyrights over the images you submit to ACIAR.
In accordance with the conditions of entry, ACIAR retains the right to use your image with attribution.

Can I use editing software?

Yes. Photos may be edited to complement and enhance the image using software or darkroom techniques.
Editing should not substantially change the nature of the image. This includes adding new content or deleting significant elements from the image.
Images that have been edited so that they are no longer representative of the reality of the subject and/or images that have been altered to the point of abstraction will not be accepted for exhibition.


Entry form
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Terms and Conditions
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