Art and photography awards

This page provides information about the City of Stirling's art and photography awards.

Blink Photography Awards

The Blink Photography Awards Exhibition 2018 will showcase some truly stunning images submitted by both amateur and professional photographers across four categories: colour, monochrome, altered and mobile.

Come along to the Osborne Community Hub, 9-11 Royal Street, Osborne Park from 22-26 November to view the free exhibition and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award. 

Plus, you can take part in a range of special events across the weekend from the special Opening Event to a range of inspiring practical photography workshops in locations throughout The City.

The Blink Photography Awards Exhibition 2018 will open with a free launch event under the stars. Join the photographers for a first look at this stunning exhibition and toast the award winners in the courtyard bar with a live DJ. Food and drinks available for purchase.

See the event listings below for more information.

The Blink Photography Awards are proudly supported by Ilford, Barrett Exhibition Group, Signage WA, Advance Press and Arts Edge Photo & Frame.

For more information, contact the Arts Officer on 9205 8555 or email

Please note entries closed Monday 29 October 2018.

Blink Awards 2018

Exhibition opening times

View the stunning free exhibition all weekend:

  • Thursday 22 November: 6pm - 8pm (Opening Event)
  • Friday 23 November: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 24 November: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday 25 November: 9am - 5pm
  • Monday 26 November: 9am - 8pm.

Conditions of entry


1. Entries are open to all Australian residents

2. Photographs must be the original work of the artist

3. Participation is limited to three (3) photo entries per person and one (1) entry per category

4. Each individual entry must be registered separately

5. No third party may enter on behalf of another individual unless a parent entering on behalf of a minor

6. Entrants must be less than 18 years of age to be eligible for the Best Photograph by a Young Entrant award.

Award categories

7. Entrants may select one (1) of the categories listed below in which to enter each photo

Monochrome - Any image containing shades of black, white or a single colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the whole image

Colour - Any image that would not qualify for monochrome or altered

Altered - Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.)

Mobile - Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

How to enter

8. Entry is via a simple 2-step online process

9. All entrants must complete all sections of the online entry registration form via Eventbrite

10. An entry fee of $20 per entry is paid when submitting your online entry. Each entry must be registered separately

11. Once you have completed your online registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to upload your JPEG image file

12. Click on the link in your Eventbrite confirmation email to upload your JPEG image file to Sharefile

13. All files must be named in the following format: Entrant Name_Title of Work (e.g. John Smith_My Stirling)

14. Entries must be submitted online by 5pm Monday 29 October 2018. Late entries will not be accepted

15. If you are unable to upload your image JPEG file via the link provided please contact the City’s Arts Officer via

16. Only digital files will be accepted as eligible entries. Prints cannot be accepted

17.Entrants must include with their photo submission an Artist Statement of no more than 50 words. This can be completed in your online entry form on Eventbrite. Artist statements will be provided to the judges and also included on display labels for exhibited works

18. The entrant permits the City of Stirling to make any edits to their Artistic Statement deemed necessary for public exhibition. 


19. Entries must meet the following image quality requirements:

  • Jpeg format
  • Minimum 1000 pixels wide on the shortest side
  • Minimum 300dpi
  • File size no larger than 10MB (10,000KB)
  • For assistance with meeting these specifications please contact the City's Art Officer via

20. Unless specifically entered in the ‘Altered’ category, photographs that have been digitally manipulated beyond standard optimisation will be disqualified. Cropping, removal of dust and reasonable fixes to exposure, colour and contrast are acceptable.

Judging criteria

21. The judging panel consists of Western Australian industry representatives

22. Due to the large number of entries, individual feedback cannot be provided. For each photo the judges will consider composition, creativity, technical skill and originality

23. Judges will first select the finalist from each of the categories

24. From the finalists judges will select one (1) overall winner for the Best Photograph 2018 and then a seperate Highly Commended entry for each category

25. Additional prizes will be awarded by the judges for Best Photograph by a Stirling Resident and Best Photograph by a Young Entrant (less than 18 years)

26. No single entry will be awarded more than one (1) of these awards except in the case of the People's Choice Award whch is decided by a public vote

27. All approved entries will be considered by the judges

28. Winning entries in all categories will be notified by email prior to the Exhibition Opening on Thursday 22 November 2018

29. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entrered into

30. Canvassing of City Councillors, staff or judges will result in disqualification. 


31. The shortlist photographs, including the selected finalists will form the Bling Photography Awards exhibition

32. All entrants will be notified by email as to whether their photograph will be exhibited

33. Council reserves the right to refuse to display any entry deemed unsuitable for public exhibition

34. All care is taken in exhibiting the works by the City accepts no responsibility for any damage that may inadvertently occur.

35. All prizes have an acquisitive option and winning images may be added to the City’s Art Collection for future display

36. Upon submission of an entry to the Blink Photography Awards 2018, you as the owner of the image grant the City of Stirling the right to: 

  • Maintain a copy of the image for archival purposes
  • Enlarge and adapt the image to fit the format of the exhibition
  • Display the image in public spaces for the duration of the exhibition
  • In the case of finalist, use the image for promotional and publicity purposes relating Photography Awards and for promotion through social media sites
  • In the case of prize winning photographs, exhibit the image a spart of the City's Art Collection

37. You warrant that you are the owner of all copyright of the artwork or have obtained all necessary approvals to permit the submission fo the image to the Awards

38. The City of Stirling reserves the right to reproduce, free of charge, any finalist entry for publicity purposes or to promote the City of Stirling's photography events

39. The City will acknowledge the photographer in all publicity as the creator and owner of the copyright

40. While the City will take care to ensure the quality and integrity of the reproduced artwork, you acknowledge that enlargements and slight variationsto the image may result from adapting the orginal artwork to the large scale format required for exhibition presentation.

Collecting your exhibition print

41. All entrants whose work is included in the exhibition will have the opportunity to collect and keep the exhibition print and label of their work

42. Prints can be collected from the City of Stirling Administration Centre, located at 25 Cedric Street Stirling WA 6021, between 8.30am and 5pm from Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December

43. If you are unable to collect your print in the allotted timeframe please contact the Arts Officer to make other arrangements via or the Customer Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555

44. Any uncollected prints will be destroyed.

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  • Image credit: Olivia Botica, 'Doorway to new discoveries' (Youth Award Winner 2016)Image credit: Olivia Botica, 'Doorway to new discoveries' (Youth Award Winner 2016)
  • Image credit: Wayne Berriman, 'Myanmar Light' (Stirling Resident Award 2016)Image credit: Wayne Berriman, 'Myanmar Light' (Stirling Resident Award 2016)
  • Image credit: Niroshan Muwanwella, 'The Descent' (Highly Commended 2016)Image credit: Niroshan Muwanwella, 'The Descent' (Highly Commended 2016)
  • Image credit: Susie Blatchford, 'No Fixed Address' (Best Photograph 2016)Image credit: Susie Blatchford, 'No Fixed Address' (Best Photograph 2016)
  • Image credit: Emily Carroll, 'Still' (People's Choice Award Winner 2016)Image credit: Emily Carroll, 'Still' (People's Choice Award Winner 2016)

Art Award & Exhibition

Every second year the City of Stirling holds an Art Award and Exhibition where we showcase Western Australian artworks ranging from paintings and drawings through to sculptures and textiles.

Our 2017 art awards were hosted at the City of Stirling’s reception hall, with over 180 artworks on public display.

The City of Stirling would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their support of the 2017 Art Award and Exhibition:

  • Exhibition curator Belinda Kay
  • Judges Peter Dailey, Annimac and Gayle Mason
  • Exhibition sitter Marcaela Faithfull
  • The many artists who took the time to enter the awards and exhibit their artwork
  • Everyone who came to view the exhibits and voted for the People's Choice Award
  • Our dedicated sponsors - Westfield InnalooPerth Expo Hire and Rotary Club of Karrinyup.

2017 Art Award Winners

$5000  City of Stirling Acquisitive First Prize
Winner - Shelley Cowper 'The Boatyard'

$1000 Rotary Club of Karrinyup Local Artist Award
Winner - Hank Gidney 'How we got here, Where is here?' (Pictured here with award Peter Polain from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup)
HIghly Commended - Margaret Smith - 'Fallen Banksia Leaves' and Louise Wells - 'Silver Linings #5: Seeds of Hope'

$1000 Perth Expo Emerging Artist Award (aged 16 – 25 years)
Winner - Stephanie de Biasi "Traces of Thread'
Highly Commended -  Tom Ansell - 'Man Looking' and Declan Young - 'Reflekt'

$500 Westfield Innaloo People's Choice Prize (to be awarded as a Gift Card at the close of the exhibition)
Winner - Chris Goldberg 'On the Fringe' 

$800 Painting Award (watercolour, oil, acrylic, aerosol)
Winner - Daevid Anderson 'Colour Theory'
Highly Commended - Jasna Karajcic - 'Forgotten City' and  May Ali - 'Beyond the Surface # 1'

$800 Drawing Award (works on paper)
Winner - Julie Podstolski 'Once Upon a Wall'
Highly Commended - Chantelle Beckett - 'Urban Drift' and Craig McKeogh - 'Dune'

$800 3D Sculpture Award
Winner - Mikaela Castledine 'Sit!'
Highly Commended - Holly O'Meehan - 'Functionless'

$800 Mixed Media Award (multimedia, textiles, wearable art, photography, collage
Winner - Cathy Charnaud 'Game On'
Highly Commended - Sohan Ariel Hayes - 'Y' and Jasmine O'Brien - 'Untitled'