PhotoVoice / Renewal & Resilience

Building Resilience through community representation.

You are invited to submit your photographs to be included in our community exhibition and be eligible for up to $4,000 in prizes.


Wingecarribee Shire Council Social Recovery Sub Committee, together with the Southern Highlands Foundation – Fireaid 2020, is proud to present this opportunity for our local residents who have been recently affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires that devastated our region.

Ordinary men and women, the firefighters of the Rural Fire Service, became the nation’s heroes. Alongside local photographers (professional and amateur), they documented, and continue to capture, moments that represent the resilience and renewal of our community.

WSC encourages our community to enter their most striking, engaging and emotive images representing resilience and renewal in our local area. After the Exhibition, entrants will be gifted their printed works. Digital images will be considered for publication.

To help with this renewal and build resilience after such trauma, we are calling for real and raw images that:

  • Capture the bravery of those who battled the fires
  • Reveal the heartbreak and hope of communities in the path of the flames and
  • Embody their journey to recovery and renewal.

Images may have been taken during the fires, during the COVID-19 lockdown or you might go out and look for places and moments that express your own feelings right now. We want everyone to feel they can contribute; absolute amateur to professional – fancy DSLR to a smart-phone – just follow your heart.

If you are unsure about taking photographs, but would like to consider entering something meaningful, you might like to watch the YouTube videos below which give a few pointers for getting reasonable shots out doors. The first by Mark Harrison is less technical than the Nigel Danson video but watching them will give you a better handle on how to get great images out of your smartphone. Unfortunately we can’t delete the ads.. 😉

We would also like you to give us a few words (up to 250) about the images you submit, or of your experiences of the fires (up to 3). This can take the form of a simple sentence or paragraph about how you feel about your ‘place’ after the fires, or even a brief poem.

Selected images and text will be exhibited here on the ARTSfile website, exhibited at the Community Halls in Wingello and Balmoral, and published in a book which will be available for purchase later in the year. 

Entries Open 9 October 2020 and close 26 October 2020

Community Halls Exhibition 2020
Wingello: 8 November
Balmoral: 15 November

For more information:
P  02 4868 0888


To Register for PhotoVoice, please visit fill out the Entry Form below, read and agree to the Terms & Conditions, upload your images following the guidelines provided and click SUBMIT.








YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS * (1 -3 images)

Please refer to the Photographic Guidelines PDF for technical information and guidance for preparing your photographs.

Because we will be printing and publishing many of the photographs in a book we would prefer the images submitted to be 4-5mb. However, as some photos will certainly have been taken under difficult conditions without thought for the technicalities of photography, we will accept image sizes between 2mb and 10mb. > PhotographicGuidelines.pdf

Maximum upload size: 10MB

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