2015 Photography Competition – Stewards of the Soil

2015 Photography Competition

Winners have been announced! See the gallery below.

“Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future… Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production… Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products… Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.”
International Year of Soil – www.fao.org

2015 International Year of Soils

 In recognition of 2015 as ‘International Year of Soil’ the National Centre for Farmer Health is inviting you to share your vision of the relationship between Australian farming and the soil it occurs in, under and on.

This year’s theme is:


We are looking for images that portray the myriad of colours and textures of a soil profile; the incredible produce grown in that soil; farmers working the land and/or working to restore degraded soils; or images that portray efforts at maintaining the soil’s life and sustainability.

  The photography competition follows on from the success of the National Centre for Farmer Health’s previous competitions in 2010 and 2012. Help celebrate Australian farming and the International Year of Soil.


  • Entries close Sunday 25th October 2015 EXTENDED – Friday 30th October 2015
  • Categories: Open, Secondary School Student, and Primary School Student
  • Cash prizes for winning and runner-up entries, including a People’s Choice award
  • Judged by renowned photographers Jill Frawley, Ewen Bell and Robert Drummond
  • Finalists and a selection of entries will be included in a travelling Photography Exhibition (venues to be announced)
  • Winners will be announced at Federation Square in Melbourne on International Soil Day, Saturday 5th December 2015

‘Stewards of the Soil’ Winners Gallery

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered this years competition. You can still view the Top 50 finalists here.

Stewards of the Soil Sponsors 2015


Entries now closed.
Finalists will be announced and voting for the People’s Choice Award will open on Monday 16th November 2015. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
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Open Category

  • Winner : $600
  • Runner-up : $300

Secondary School Student

  • Winner : $300
  • Runner-up : $150

Primary School Student

  • Winner : $100
  • Runner-up : $60

People’s Choice : $240

Important Dates

Monday 15th September 2015 : Open for Entries
Sunday 25th October 2015 EXTENDED: Friday 30th October 2015 : Entries Close
Monday 16th November 2015 : Finalists Announced
Monday 16th November 2015 : People’s Choice Voting Opens
Sunday 29th November 2015 : People’s Choice Voting Closes
Saturday 5th December 2015 : Winners Announced at Federation Square, Melbourne.

Conditions of Entry
  1. The photography competition is free and open to all Australian residents.
  2. All entries must be received by Sunday 25th October 2015 – EXTENDED Friday 30th October 2015.
  3. Only one entry per person will be permitted in each eligible category.
  4. Only photos not previously entered in a photography competition may be submitted.
  5. Photos must be submitted digitally via our website www.farmerhealth.org.au
  6. Submitted images must be:
    – Free of any identifying marks such as copyright labels or watermarks
    – JPEG format
    – Maximum file size of 4mb.
    – Uploaded files should be named ‘SURNAME_FirstName’ (no spaces). For example: surname_firstname.jpeg OR surname_firstname.jpg
  7. All photos must be accompanied by:
    i. A brief title/caption (20 words or less)
    ii. An explanation of how the photo fits the theme (100 words or less)
  8. Images will be de-identified for the judging process
  9. The winning photographs will be considered by the judges to best represent this year’s theme, combined with technical and creative merit, and overall impact. The judges’ decision is final.
  10. The NCFH reserves the right to refuse or not display an entry. All approved photographs will be displayed on the website.
  11. Shortlisted entries will be announced on the website and social media on Monday 16th November. Shortlisted entrants will also be notified via email. Only the shortlisted entries will be eligible for the ‘People’s Choice’ award.
  12. Voting for the ‘People’s Choice’  award will commence on Monday 16th November 2015 via our website, closing Sunday 29th November.
  13. A selection of entries will be on display in a travelling exhibition. Location details will be available on our website.
  14. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded as part of the World Soil Day celebrations at Federation Square in Melbourne on Saturday 5th December 2015. If the winners are not present at the award ceremony to receive their prize, they will be contacted and alternative delivery arrangements organised.
  15. Winning photos will be displayed on our website and possibly published in the media.
  16. Greatest care will be taken with all entries but no responsibility accepted for loss or damage.
  17. Employees (and immediate family of employees) of the National Centre for Farmer Health are not eligible to enter this competition.
  18. All photographs submitted as entries to the competition must be an original work and must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party. Entrants will retain copyright ownership of their photographs. By entering this competition, each entrant allows the National Centre for Farmer Health a non-exclusive, royalty-free worldwide perpetual licence to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, broadcast and communicate to the public their photographs in online and printed media formats. Where possible the photographer will be acknowledged.
  19. By entering this competition you agree to these conditions.

2012 Winners Gallery

2012 Winners Gallery