GCI Photo Comp -- enter before 26 May 2017
GCI Photo Comp -- enter before 26 May 2017

How you could win a fabulous new 18 MP digital camera

This year's theme is Urban Food. We are looking for images that highlight the different facets of food in an urbanising world.

Urbanisation is one of this century’s most transformative trends, with over half the world’s human population now living in cities. This profound urban shift has significant implications for governments, individuals, urban households, and rural communities.

The subject of 'urban food' might include activities such as food production/urban agriculture, trade, retail and distribution, consumption

It might also include outcomes such as food security, equity and fairness, malnutrition and obesity, social and community, policy and politics, food waste, environment and ecosystems, technology and innovation, crisis, etc.or other aspects of food you’ve discovered in your travels.

Entries can be from an economic, social/cultural or environmental dimension.  Inspirational interpretations of urban food from around the world are most welcome!

Whether you’re a student who photographs as a hobby, a serious photographer or simply looking for photographic inspiration – we’d encourage you to enter.

Please note, print or video submissions will not be accepted.

You might win a Canon 700D


Canon EOS 700D digital camera – plus 1 x  64 GB memory card

(The twin lens kit includes EOS 700D body, EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens)


  • Camera Type – SLR
  • Colour – Black
  • Lens Focal Length (mm) – 18-55
  • Lens Aperture Range – f/3.5-5.6, f/4-5.6
  • Imaging sensor/effective pixels –  CMOS / 18.0 MP
  • Effective Sensor Size – 22.3 x 14.9 mm

Movie shooting (8GB Card)

  • 1920 x 1080 (FULL HD)
  • 30/25/24 fps, 22 min @ 330MB/min

ISO speed range

  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to ISO 25600)

Shutter speed

  • 1/4000 sec – 30, bulb, X-sync 1/200 sec.

Shooting speed

  • 5 fps

External interface

  • Hi-Speed USB/ HDMI / Stereo Audio OUT/ External Microphone IN / Remote Control Terminal (RS-60E3)


This is an amateur competition open to all photographers (*Global Change Institute staff, however, are ineligible).

To be eligible applicants MUST:

  • Be 18 years old or older on the competition opening day (Monday, 3 April 2017)
  • Submit a photo in digital format which meets the criteria set out in the Guidelines/How to Enter sections (below).
  • Agree to the Terms & Conditions (below)


Submit as many as three images taken during the past two years (JPEG format, no larger than 10MB each, minimum pixel size: 2500 x 3750). Each entry must include a completed entry form.

Remember to tell us in 200 words (or fewer), where and when the image was taken.  If you experience any difficulties, please email the PhotoComp helpdesk.

Important dates

Entries close  Friday, 26 May 2017  (5.00 pm UTC+10:00 Brisbane)

Winners announced: Monday, 5 June 2017


  • Submission deadline: Friday, 26 May 2017 (5.00 pm UTC+10:00 Brisbane)
  • Winners announced: Monday, 5 June 2017
  • There is no fee associated with entering the competition.
  • Each entrant may submit a maximum of three photos in JPEG format. We will also accept mobile photo entries (if they meet the size requirement)
  • Maximum file size: 10 MB (per photo)
  • Minimum size: 2500 x 3750 pixels
  • The relevant age category as outlined previously must be signed
  • Photo submissions must be unpublished
  • All entrants must complete an entry form for each photo submitted (maximum three images per entrant)
  • By submitting an entry, the contestant confirms that he/she owns the right to all his/her photo(s), including intellectual property, and that the rights of a person or persons included in his/her photo(s) (subject) have not been violated. This is further addressed in Terms and Conditions
  • Captions are critical. Each photo must be accompanied by a short descriptive caption (maximum 200 characters)
  • Well-written captions are needed so judges can understand the context of the image. Only captions in English will be accepted for the entry to the competition.

The photos will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Impact (compelling subject matter and caption),
  • Artistic interpretation (composition, style, balance) and
  • Technical skills (depth-of-field, focus, sharpness, lighting and use of colour)

There will be two rounds of evaluation

1. Photos will be shortlisted by the GCI Communications & Engagement team.

2. Shortlisted photographs will then be reviewed by the judging panel.

The panel will be comprised of:

  • Professor Karen Hussey – Acting Director UQ Global Change Institute
  • Professor Bill Bellotti – GCI Food Systems Program Director
  • Kaylene Biggs – Photographer


  1. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms of entry.
  2. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
  3. All entries to the competition must be the photo (i.e. the “work”) of the entrant and must not have been awarded a prize in any other photographic competition.
  4. Images that have previously been entered to GCI photo competitions are ineligible for this competition.
  5. Late, illegible or incomplete submissions (and submissions that do not meet the entrance criteria as outlined) will not be considered.
  6. The intellectual property rights, including copyright rights, to the work will remain with the photographer. The entrant will be credited wherever possible. By entering the competition, the entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-commercial, non-exclusive royalty-free license to the Global Change Institute (“the Institute”) and The University of Queensland (“UQ”). This license includes (but is not limited to) the right to use, publish, reproduce and feature any or all aspects of the work in any of the documentation, media work and/or promotion of events by the Global Change Institute (“GCI”).
  7. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the consent of the subject and do not infringe their rights, including privacy rights, intellectual property rights, including copyright or any other rights of any person. By entering this competition, all entrants agree to hold Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland and the judging panel free and harmless of any claims, costs or expenses, including but not limited to damages, arising out of the participation in this competition or any competition-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse or possession of any prize awarded here under.
  8. The Global Change Institute and The University of Queensland assume no responsibility for any lost submissions to the competition.
  9. The Global Change Institute reserves the right not to award a winner if none of the submissions meets the quality requirements.
  10. While entry is open to all UQ staff, students, research affiliates and alumni, staff working directly for the UQ Global Change Institute are ineligible.
  11. Competition opens Monday, 3 April 2017 and ends Friday, 26 May (5.00 pm UTC+10:00 Brisbane).
  12. To enter, participants must send their own original images taken within the past two years.
  13. To assist in the image adjudication process, participants are required to provide in 200 words or fewer about when and where each image was taken.
  14. As well as a description for each photo, entrants must also include details such as (but not limited to) his/her first name, last name, email and a valid daytime contact telephone number.
  15. Illegible, incomprehensible and incomplete entries will be deemed invalid.
  16. The maximum number of entries from any one entrant is three.
  17. A reasonable amount of post-processing is permissible for each image, however excessive 'manipulation' may render a submission ineligible.
  18. Images should be captured from ‘real life’ and not computer-generated.
  19. GCI reserves the right to use any images entered in the competition in its promotional material. Where images are used in such material every effort will be made to acknowledge the photographer in a manner considered appropriate by the Institute.
  20. An entry should not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity.
  21. GCI will select the best image entered, and this image will be displayed in the GCI building and on the Institute’s website: www.gci.uq.edu.au.
  22. The first prize will be judged by a panel of GCI research leaders and communications professionals.
  23. Each valid entrant who has entered the competition over the duration of the promotional period will be judged based on the creative merit of the image submitted. Only one valid entrant, selected by a panel of judges nominated by the GCI, will be the winner.
  24. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the determination by phone and email.
  25. The prize will be awarded to the person named in the entry. However in the event of a dispute, the prize will be awarded to the account holder of the entry mechanism used to submit their entry.
  26. GCI reserves the right to request the winner to provide proof-of-identity and/or proof-of-entry validity to claim a prize, which will be available for collection from the GCI reception.
  27. Proof of identification and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the GCI.
  28. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
  29. GCI reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of the Institute includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an  entry that  is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who has, in the opinion of  GCI, engaged in conduct in entering the promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or  generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the University. The Institute reserves the right to disqualify a winner if it becomes aware that the winner and/or the winner's entry is of a type described in this clause.
  30. Entries must be received by 5. 00 pm Friday, 26 May 2017. The time of entry will in each case be the time the entry is received at gcicomms@uq.edu.au
  31. GCI accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries not received by the GCI or delays in the delivery due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
  32. Any entry that is made on behalf of an entrant by a third party will be invalid.
  33. Entries should be emailed to gcicomms@uq.edu.au

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