Shutterbugs across Brisbane are invited to get snapping as they try to capture the winning photo of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards. 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the competition had now opened with the theme, Rediscover Brisbane through a new lens, asking photographers to think outside the box and bring the unexpected into view.

“Brisbane is a such a great place to live, work and relax and we want to see your favourite experiences, unique places and memorable moments captured on camera,” Cr Schrinner said.

“I’m asking Brisbane’s photographers to dig a little deeper and capture anything and everything from Brisbane’s sub-terranean secrets to kaleidoscopic skies, bustling bayside precincts to tranquil hilltop escapes.

Entries are open until 4pm Friday 9 June and I have no doubt there will a high calibre of entrants helping us see Brisbane through a new lens.”

This year’s entrants go into the running to win eight cash prizes from $1000 to $5000.

The Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards encourage entries from hobby snappers to professional photographers across multiple categories including Student, Green Heart and the LaVonne Bobongie Award – a special category introduced in 2021 to recognise the late artists’ contribution to Brisbane as an advocate of First Nations Country, community and identity.  

“Our annual photographic awards are a way for people, regardless of their photography skills, to celebrate and share the moments, places and people that make our city great,” Cr Schrinner said.

“For a budding photographer, a win like this could help launch them further into their hobby or profession by helping with the costs of purchasing new gear or a photography course. 

Last year’s winner from the open category gave us a powerful snapshot into Brisbane’s massive rebuild and recovery following the February 2022 flood under the theme Spirit of Brisbane.

This year, it’s all about hidden gems and I really encourage our local photographers to showcase Brisbane through a different perspective.”

Since 2013, the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards have collectively awarded $138,000 to local photographers.

Entries are open to anyone who lives, works, or studies in Brisbane.

For more information and to view past winners visit

Image credit: Dave Gover, People’s Choice Award finalist, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2022.