2020 Winners

This is a trigger warning – some photos depict self-harm

Short Movie Prizes

Palace Films Prize $1,000

A Frayed Knot by Van Frame 

Micah Prize $500

Journey From The Shadow by Jay Salton 

2 x Runner-up Prizes $500

 Bipolar Disorder – A Letter To My Younger Self by Suzanne Dang 

 Is Anybody There? By Helen McLeod  

2 Vouchers for Black Magic DaVinci Resolve Studio

00:00 by Elliotte Frankie 

Colourblind by Jorja Fuller

Photography Prizes 

This is a trigger warning – some photos depict self-harm

The Affinity Prize AUS $3,500 and the suite of Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher (value $237):

Shattered – Teresa Lewis

 Winner:  Shattered by Teresa Lewis of the United States. Shattered is one photo in a series of four that explore how the artist sees herself, and how she understands how others see her through the lens of mental illness.

 Colin Biggers & Paisley Prize $1,000

Relentless – Kris Anderson

Winner: Senseless is by Australian photographer Kris Anderson. Senseless is part of a four photo series that explores how technology is invading our lives. Kris describes Senseless as an artwork depicting “Your home, your room, was once a safe haven from bullying. Technology can let bullies sneak right in, and there’s no safe place.”

Micah Prize $500

In Three Minds – Jim Merchant

Winner: In Three Minds by Australian photographer Jim Merchant. Jim describes In Three Minds as capturing the phenomenon where: “Suffering from Mental Health issues creates a conflict of the mind and often an altered reality. What may be a simple decision for some may cause anguish and suffering for others.”

6 x Affinity Photo software editing licenses

These don’t necessarily go to the highest score, but are offered to exhibited photographers’ whose photo metadata suggests that they don’t yet use Affinity Photo:


Anxious Narrative (1) and (2)  – Edwina Combe
Anxious Narrative (1) and (2)  – Edwina Combe
and sometimes it’s dark – Taygan Bassi
Barrier by Australian photographer – Bill Martin
Girl with a sunflower – Zorica Purlija
Hallucination Face by Sharon Templeton
Giving up by Australian photographer Dan Hunter

4 x $250 vouchers from Fotofast*

Livonne Larkins – Hear No Evil
Livonne Larkins, – Hidden Cracks
Livonne Larkins – Piece by Piece
Paul Hennekam – Fear 
Paul Hennekam – Silence
Michelle Taylor-Holmes – Looking Beyond Self

**Images coming soon** Christopher Hopkins from Australia for his photos Daniel and Stuart.

South Burnet Regional Prize $500

 Every day is a Second Chance by Laine Robertson