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How to enter


Please note the prize nomination period is now closed.
  1. Take a photo of wildlife you see on the grounds of any USC campus. (NB: respect their boundaries! Do not hurt, touch, harass or unnecessarily cause stress to animals while photographing.)
  2. Email two high resolution JPEG (minimum 150 dpi resolution) copies of your photo. One resized to 1200x810pixels (or 810x1200pixels) and the second copy of your photo resized to 200x135pixels (or 135x200).
  3. In the email provide a short description of your image/s, which USC campus it was taken on and your USC student ID number.
  4. Enter as many times as you like!

NB: There is a maximum file size limit of 10 megabytes for emails to the above address. If you have multiple images to enter please send them in separate emails.

Prize nomination period

The prize nomination period commences on 19 June and ends midnight 30 September 2017.


Winners will receive:

1st prize: A$1,000 cash and A$500 TEDs Camera store voucher
2nd prize: A$300 cash and A$300 TEDs Camera store voucher
3rd prize: A$200 cash and A$200 TEDs Camera store voucher

Entry requirements
  • You must be a student currently enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Please ensure you provide your student ID number with the description of your competition photo/s.
  • The prize is open to individual entries only, no group entries will be considered valid.
  • Please note your image may be posted to the University of the Sunshine Coast’s social media feeds, including, but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram. (Appropriate credits will be included.)
Judges and judging criteria

The judges are a panel of USC staff and a representative from the Mills family familiar with nature and wildlife photography. Based on the eligibility and selection criteria, a group of finalists will be selected and the top three awardees selected to receive the ‘Prize’.

All contest entries will be judged on:

  • Technical quality
  • Composition
  • Originality
  • Artistic merit 
Technical quality details
  • Do not use filters, however you may crop, adjust colour and contrast
  • Do not Photoshop your image or otherwise change in anyway apart from the above
  • The image should be sharp – that is that the main subject of the image should be in focus
  • The photo should not be over or under-exposed
  • Artificial lighting like flash is allowed but not recommended unless you have experience in controlling flash exposures, and have a high standard of equipment
The brief

The winning entries will have compositions that are well-balanced. The primary subject is kept away from the edge of the frame. Horizons are level. No artificial light has been added unless it is well-controlled, such as fill flash or bounced natural light that leaves the image looking as it appears in nature. They will be unique images that excite our senses and offer new ways of seeing familiar topics. The images can stand-alone and capture the imagination or emotion of the viewer.

Winner notification: Winners will be announced at the Gerard Mills Memorial Prize for Wildlife Photography inaugural reception in November 2017. If the winners are not present at the reception they will be notified by email. Works by finalists will be displayed on large LCD screens, or a data projector during a presentation event in the USC Art Gallery on the Sunshine Coast campus in November 2017. The three prize winners will have a hard copy of their print displayed at the USC Sunshine Coast campus Library in November 2017.

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