About the Photo Competition

This photo competition will explore the theme of Home, and we will showcase here and on our Flickr website a selection of the best photos you send us.

There will be two categories of entries: Under 18, and 18 & over.

Closing date for the competition was Saturday September 30, 2017

Theme: Home

The theme for this year's photo competition is Home taking inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt who famously said, human rights begin in ‘small places, close to home’.

Use your imagination and visualisation to express your ideas on Human Rights through your camera or smartphone!

What are human rights?

Every person has inherent dignity and value. Human rights help us to recognise and respect that fundamental worth in ourselves and in each other as a human being. Human rights apply everywhere and are the same for everyone.

For more about Human Rights, check out our Human Rights Explained factsheets.


We will choose winners and several runner-ups for two categories: under 18, and 18 & over. Entrants to the Under 18 category are as at 30 September 2017, additionally you must have permission from your parent / guardian to enter.


Photo of CANON EOS 1100D Single Kit

Winners for Under 18 and 18 & Over will receive a Prizes for overall winners are Olympus OM-D Mark II camera kits, valued at over $800.

Two runners up in each category will receive a $100 voucher from Momento Photo Books.


The winners and shortlisted entries from the Photo Competition 2017 by the Australian Human Rights Commission will be on display online and also at the Human Rights Awards 2017 in Sydney.

Previous photo competitions

  • 2012 Photo Competition
    This competition explored the theme of 'Human Rights' and we received 450 entries from around Australia.
  • 2011 Photo Competition
    This photo competition explored the theme of 'the Right to Education', and we received well over 200 images from people right across Australia.
  • 2008 Photo Competition
    To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Australian Human Rights Commission held a photo competition based on the theme - 'Dignity and justice for all of us'.
  • 2003 Photo Competition
    We received well over 100 images from young people right across Australia that captured what 'respect' looks like in their schools, communities and close relationships.

Contact us

For any queries, contact us at Photocomp@humanrights.gov.au or on (02) 9284 9600.


The Commission thanks our sponsors for this competition.

Main prize sponsor

Olympus logo

Olympus are an innovative and energetic camera company that have created new markets in the digital imaging landscape.

Runner-up sponsor

Momento photo books logo

Photo memories are meant to be shared so Momento created software to make designing photo books
and stationery easy for everyone.