Girl with the sunflower - Zorica Purlija

The Competition

The competition is open to photographers, audio producers and short film makers exploring your own, or someone close to you, experience of a mental illness.  You don’t need to be a professional or hold any qualifications to enter, all stories are valid and welcome.

Entries are encouraged to explore the emotion of their experiences but to also touch broadly on any one or all the following perspectives:

Lived Experience.

Mental illness encompasses a range of disorders, some transient, others chronic, and each is a personal story of a lived experience. Images, short films or music can be based on a wide range of emotions, reactions, responses, and representations, reflecting the diversity of people’s experience.  Each story is personal and so is the journey. 

Recovery & Hope.

Many people recover fully or partially from a mental health condition and go on to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Images, short movies or music celebrating recovery, wellness and contributing back into the community can provide hope for those still finding their way.

2024 Competition Timeline

Competition open
Competition close
Finalists notified
Awards night
1st July
30th August
17th September
10th October

Competition Information


Each entry is judged on the following criteria:

  • Storytelling
  • Creativity and originality
  • Technical merit


Entrants can submit a single photo or a photo essay of three to nine images.  If entering an essay, a theme needs to be clear and cohesion between the images. The essay will be judged as a collective, not individual images.
Images should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 5MB. Images should be JPEG files. All images must be saved in the sRGB colour model.

Short Movie

Short movies are a minimum of one minute and a maximum of three minutes long. Post-production, including a combination of several images and sounds, image manipulation, or sound manipulations using editing software is permitted. Links to You Tube & Vimeo only.


Entry Fee

Generative AI Policy

Audio can be no longer than four minutes. Instrumental & vocal submissions. No cover versions will be accepted. An indication of professional or solo production needs to be provided. MP3 files accepted.

Single entry is $20 AUD
Multiple image entry $40 AUD

Please refer to Out From The Mist Generative AI Policy

About MIFA & Michael

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia Inc (MIFA) works in partnership with its member organisations to understand the needs and issues for people affected by severe mental illness. This collaboration strengthens our advocacy and the work that we do. We aim to succeed together to cause positive change and enhance the quality of life for everyone affected by severe mental illness in Australia.

MIFA’s core strength is in amplifying the voice of people affected by mental illness, their families, and friends.

We advocate for positive changes in all areas of social and public policy that impact on the quality of life of people affected, as well as families and friends.

MIFA has been a part of Out From The Mist since its inception and has enjoyed seeing the growth and development of artists that have entered each year. 

The expansion of the competition each year shows the need for a competition like this as it provides an opportunity for stories to be heard from all over the world.

Out From The Mist’s creative director is Michael Lockwood. Michael has worked as a senior executive within the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, where among other duties, he had responsibility for the Council’s diverse engagement with the arts community.

Michael has a lived experience of mental illness and has a Masters of Creative Industries with Distinction from Queensland University of Technology.

Michael lives in the central south-western Queensland town of Charleville, balancing his work on Out From The Mist while enjoying the ambiance of his remote ‘outback’ home.