Gerard Mills Memorial Prize for Wildlife Photography

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Gerard Mills Memorial Prize for Wildlife Photography


Want to participate?

Submit your wildlife photograph to nominate for the Gerard Mills Memorial Prize:

  1. Take a photo of wildlife you see on the grounds of any USC campus. (Note: respect their boundaries! Do not hurt, touch, harass or unnecessarily cause stress to animals while photographing.) The wildlife must be alive at the time of the photograph. Any image of deceased wildlife will be disqualified.
  2. Email two high resolution JPEG (minimum 300 dpi resolution) copies of your photo. One resized to 2400x3000 pixels (or 3000x2400 pixels) and the second copy of your photo resized to 200x135pixels (or 135x200). (Note: We may ask you to re-submit your photo if you don't send us an image with a high enough resolution or they do not meet the required size dimensions, please do not use your mobile phone.) 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.
  3. In the email provide:
    1. your name,
    2. your student ID,
    3. which USC campus the photo was taken on,
    4. the title of your image/s, and
    5. a short description of your image/s.
  4. Entries are limited to a total of 3 photographs per student. Note: If more than 3 entries are received, the first 3 will be counted as that student's entries.

Entry requirements: You must be a currently enrolled student 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 nomination period commences on 5 August and ends midnight 1 September 2019.

Check out the How to enter and Terms and conditions pages for more information.

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

2018 Winners:

1st prize: Olivia Kimber
2nd prize: Bernice Wood
3rd prize: Jessica Bettega

2017 Winners:

1st prize: Tyler Nicholls
2nd prize: Kate Berry
3rd prize: Jackson Weaver

Honouring a USC legend

The Gerard Mills Memorial Prize honours the memory of USC Honorary Senior Fellow, Mr. Gerard Mills. Gerard devoted much of his life to education, art and photography. He spent almost four years taking more than 30,000 photos of wildlife activity, each week walking kilometers of USC's 100-hectare Sunshine Coast campus to find rare and elusive species.

Mr. Mills documented almost 600 species including everything from the tiniest beetles to the biggest kangaroos, from snakes and birds to bandicoots and sugar gliders. The Gerard Mills Memorial Prize acknowledges a USC student who demonstrates excellence in wildlife photography.

Prize winners will be judged on technical ability, as well as creativity.

Detail from the prize winning image 'A family of fairies'
Winning wildlife photo was no cheep shot

Winning the 2018 Gerard Mills Memorial Prize for Wildlife Photography this week was Olivia Kimber’s gorgeous image of six fairy martins at the edge of a puddle on Sippy Downs campus.

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Gerard Mills (right) with Professor Greg Hill

Find out about USC's wildlife through blogs, stories and the remarkable photography of Gerard Mills

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