2008 HREOC Photo Competition

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To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) is holding a photo competition based on the theme – ‘Dignity and justice for all of us’.

The theme reinforces the vision of the Declaration as a commitment to universal dignity and justice, and reinforces how human rights are an inextricable part of our lives – for everyone, everywhere, everyday.

We’re searching for images that reflect the theme of the competition and provide a unique approach to a human rights subject. For some, the photograph will record a moment that celebrates dignity and justice; for others, it will capture fundamental rights and freedoms being recognised; or it may be an observance of what human rights means to you.

Send in your entries and our judging panel will choose a Winner and Highly Commended in each of the three categories: Under 18 (male), Under 18 (female) and 18 and above (age at 30 June 2008).


The Winner in each category will receive a voucher to the value of $500. Highly Commended entries will each receive a certificate and a year’s subscription to Australian Photography Magazine (valued at $77). Winners will be advised by phone and mail on 10 December.


  • All entries should be unframed.

  • A maximum of six photos per entrant.

  • Photographs should have been taken in the last three years.

  • Please send copies only. Do not send original material as submissions will not be returned.

  • Each photograph must be accompanied by a title and up to 50 words explaining the picture and the circumstances in which it was taken.

  • The photograph must be taken by the person whose name appears on the entry form.

  • Submissions must include a fully completed and signed entry form.

Official web site and entry forms:

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