A photo essay uses visual images and story telling techniques to tell a story or to illustrate feelings and concepts.

A photo essay is a collection of related images that tell the progression of events, or illustrate an emotion, concept or key competency. Depending on the 'story', photos can placed in a specific order (similar to a flow chart) or can be arranged as a collection designed to add impact to the story.

Your photo essay should:

  • Contain original photos taken by the student/s

  • Have a title

  • Contain between 4 and 7 photographs.

  • Tell a clear, compelling story, or illustrate an emotion, event, or key competency

  • Demonstrate good photography techniques and composition

  • Be combined into a collage and saved as one image file e.g. .jpg or .png (photo software or apps can be used to create the collage.)


  1. Photos must be original - i.e. taken by the student (judges may seek confirmation about the source of the photos).
  2. A photo essay submitted as separate images will not be judged.
  3. No more than 5 entries for each section (i.e. Y 1-3; Y 4-6; Y 7-8) will be accepted from each school

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4 Generations of Time

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The Death of a Tree