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Snowden Photo Competition 2011 Celebrates Mining Industry

The Snowden Photo Competition 2011 is open for entries from amateur photographers. In this competition the photographs that best reflect the competition title “Celebrating the mining industry” are awarded.

For the past 5 years, the Snowden Photo Competition has grown to a record over 1,000 submissions received last year. 2011 promises to follow this trend with increased interest last year from not only the photographers, but from the media and industry publications too. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this increasingly popular event.

$20,000 AUD await the photographers of the best entries.


The Snowden photo competition provides a unique opportunity to capture the diversity and beauty that is part of the mining industry.

The submitted photographs must be relevant to the theme of the competition which is “Celebrating the Mining Industry”. Images can be landscape, portrait or panorama format, sepia, black and white or colour.

Anything that falls under the realm of normal fine-tuning of a photograph is acceptable. That includes spot toning, dodging and burning, or the digital equivalents. Contrast adjustment and colour adjustment is acceptable. Photos should retain their original form and cannot be a composition of numerous images. If the judges see that a photo has been obviously altered by the photographer, it will be disqualified. Photos may be cropped.


  • Overall winner: $10,000 AUD
  • Category prizes:
    • Black and White: $3,000 AUD
    • Equipment and Machinery: $2,000 AUD
    • People and Culture: $2,000 AUD
    • Landscape and General Setting: $2,000 AUD
    • People’s Choice: $1,000 AUD


  • Entry in the Snowden Photo Competition 2011 is free and is open to entrants from all countries.
  • The entrant must be at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.
  • The entrant must not be a professional photographer. In this clause, a ‘professional photographer’ is a photographer who derives more than 50% of his or her income from photography.
  • The entrant may submit a maximum of three photographs for this competition.
  • The photograph must have been taken by the entrant.
  • The photograph must be a single work of original material and cannot be a composition of numerous images.
  • The photograph must not be in the public domain.
  • The photograph must not have been entered into another competition.

How to enter?

You can enter and submit your entries online or you can use traditional post. Either way you’ll need to fill out the entry form and submit it with your entry.

Make sure you read all guidelines on the official website before entering.

Postal address:

PO Box 77,
West Perth,
Western Australia