Winners announced for 2021 Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize

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Lockdown Toilet Paper Pingpong by Charlie Bickerstaff Yr10, Cranbrook School - First Prize Senior category

Lockdown Toilet Paper Pingpong by Charlie Bickerstaff Yr10, Cranbrook School - First Prize Senior category

    Youth and families

Published 18 November 2021

Captivating images of local landscapes and reflections on the effects of COVID lockdowns - time spent at home with family, and also loneliness and isolation - are among the winning entries in Woollahra Council’s 2021 Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize.

More than 140 photo and short film entries were submitted by students from seven eastern suburbs high schools for the much-loved annual competition.

Now in its 27th year, The Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize provides an opportunity for young aspiring photographers and filmmakers to reach a broader audience and to win cash prizes of up to $2,000.

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Merely an illusion by Eva Stewart Yr 11, Ascham School - Highly Commended Senior Mayor's Choice

View the Entries Online

For the first time, the winning photographs and short films will be exhibited at the brand new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, with all entries available to view online through the Gallery’s website, until 28 November.

Photographic entries were judged by artist and photographer Gary Trinh, while short film entries were judged by film and television director and editor Shawn Seet.

The Senior Photography Prize was awarded to Cranbrook School student Charlie Bickerstaff for his work Toilet Paper Ping Pong, Robert Ingham of Cranbrook was awarded the Junior Prize for Internal Light.

Binding Blindness by Amy McKenzie from Ascham School was the Inclusivity category winner and Street Mirror by Luke White from Waverley College received the Mayor’s Choice Award.

The Short Film Prize was awarded to Rose Bay Secondary College student Joe Traucki for his film The Phone.

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Internal Light by Robert Ingham Yr 8, Cranbrook School - First Prize Junior category

"A Difficult Choice"

Photography judge Gary Trinh said, "It’s been a really, really hard year, so I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make art and enter the competition this year."

Short film judge Shawn Seet praised the, "Great narrative skill" of entries, noting his assignment was, "A difficult choice, with so many great films in there."

Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne commended the creativity of this year’s entries at a special online presentation ceremony on 17 November, and highlighted the sense of reflection on current circumstances evident in many of the works.

“I feel there was certainly a sense of reflection across both photographic and film entries this year,” Mayor Wynne said.

“I want to congratulate all the entrants on your creative works, and I hope everyone will enjoy viewing them as much as I have.

“A big thank you as well to all the teachers and schools who support this program so enthusiastically each year, we truly appreciate your drive and commitment to this event.”

Vote For Your Favourite

To view the exhibition and to vote in the People’s Choice Award category until 1 December, visit

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will also host a series of photographic workshops from 27 November to 16 December. For details, visit

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is open from Wednesday - Friday, 10am - 6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm at 548 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Admission is free.

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