Heroes of Traditional Trades Photographic Competition

Australia ICOMOS is currently running a national photographic competition called Heroes of Traditional Trades.

 As part of the Australia ICOMOS Fabric Conference a digital photographic completion is being held.

Australia ICOMOS is concerned with the gradual loss of skills in traditional trades associated with heritage places in Australia. This competition seeks to record and celebrate people involved with the conservation of traditional trades, crafts or other practices.

Entrants are required to send a single photograph of tradespersons (or just one tradesperson) in the act of making, or with a finished product.

The photograph should showcase the skill involved in in the trade.

The judges are looking for eye-catching images which reflect the diversity of traditional trades relevant to heritage places in Australia.Photographs could feature a building trade, a landscape practice or a traditional activity associated with the social values of a place.

Anything from roofing to flooring; from paddock fencing and dry stone walling to orchard pruning; or from mining to hat making and cake baking will be considered. The trades just have to be important to the heritage significance of the place or to best practice heritage conservation generally, whether it be conserving its built fabric or interpreting its heritage value.

The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike.

Entries are welcome from any country in the world. There are no restrictions on the type of camera you use, or the techniques you use to produce your final image.

Short listed images will be displayed by changing digital projection at various venues throughout the conference and on the conference website. Some images may be selected for use on social media.


Short listed entries will have the prestige of seeing their work put up on display and will receive a digital certificate. A winner will be selected by the judges and awarded $500.00. Other awards may be considered by the judges.

Selection Criteria

The selection for the short list will be based on:

  • Content: Whether the image is relevant to traditional trades and heritage significance and conservation.
  • Skill: The photographic skill of the photographer in capturing the subject.
  • Composition: The ability of the image to portray the intended message.
  • Copyright: Whether the competition application requirements set out below have been completed correctly.


The judges are to be advised but will include one of the keynote speakers at the Fabric Conference and a professional photographer.

Important Dates

Competition opens on: Friday 17 July 2015.
Deadline: entries must be received by: Monday 28 September 2015.
The authors of selected images will be notified by email by: Monday 19 October 2015.
The digital exhibition will available on the Conference website from the 2nd November 2015.
The digital exhibition will be displayed at the Conference from the 5th to 8th November 2015.

The shortlisted images and photographers will be formally noted and the overall winner/s will be announced at the Australia ICOMOS Fabric Conference. Selected competition entries may be used by Australia ICOMOS at other times.

Click here to download the entry form.

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