As the coolest event of the year in Sydney, I find a little bit surprising that Sydney Festival is neither hosting any photography competition, nor making the theme of any. Highly prominent (it lasts for three weeks, attracts approximately 500.000 people, features around 80 events and involves upwards of 1000 artists from all around the world), I’d say launching a photo competion, such as ‘The Best Photo of the Festival’, ‘The Best Photo of That’, “The Best Photo of the Other One’ it would be a huge hit.
I did some digging, and it looks like photographic competitions were never of much interest for the festival’s organisers. Two years ago, the University of Sydney, as partner of the festival, launched the 2011 Sydney Festival ‘Feed Your Mind’ photo competition. Dedicated only to uni staff and students, the competition asked for images representing how these one were feeding their minds on campus.
First prize was won by Inga Topolnicki with a whimsical composition, with a strong renascentist scent:
Second prize went to Madison Roland-Evans for an inspirational, pensive image:
A documentary photo of study practice brought the third prize to Kristi Pupo:
Talking of Sydney Festival as a photographic competition theme, I could find only one such example: the 2011 Sydney Festival Competition organised by T-Dimension. However, it seems it wasn’t very popular, and, considering the five photos shortlisted, the quality standards were rather law (although I welcome their initiative, I reckon bigger efforts could have been put in promoting it):
Photo by Besan Dabeet
Photo by Mathefani Arifin (Athe Arifini Photography)
Photo by Melanie Aslanidis
Photo by Warwick Kent
Photo by Platini Ying Hang Lee
The last photo represented the winner of the competition, as well.