Kids eye view of the world caught on camera

Art and About Sydney Kobi Cleary, Where's WallySnaps of nature, family, toys and animals are some of the cute images captured by Sydney’s youngest shutterbugs and selected as finalists in the Little Sydney Lives photography competition.

Award-winning judges Ken Done, Wesley Enoch and Tamara Dean shortlisted twenty images from 220 submissions, all showcasing the unique and colourful perspectives of Sydney’s children on their everyday lives.

Little Sydney Lives is the junior counterpart to the City of Sydney’s prestigious Australian Life photography competition, with images by finalists aged 3 to 11 to be blown up to bed sheet-sized canvases and exhibited in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park North, from 13 September 2018.

“The Little Sydney Lives photographs reflect the talent of kids who are not constantly glued to a screen – amazing patterns of shapes and colours were used as inspiration,” said Ken Done.

Wesley Enoch added: “I was so excited by the view of the world from these young people – it’s hopeful, colourful and overall celebratory. Their skill and ability to capture depth and insight was incredible… with a bit of whimsy thrown in.”

The finalists in order of age are: Cameron Michael Lee (3); Gwendolene Eastlake (5); Ryder Symeonides (5); Ezekiel Fusitua (5); Adam Humphrey (5); Stella Lee Speyer (6); Chloe Yeo (6); Alessandra Murray (7); Lux Angelina Betancurt-Thornton (7); Kobi Cleary (7); Ishaan Choudhry (9); Lochlainn Melville Ryan (10); Patrick McCarthy (10); Lily Camiller (10); Maya Zavier (11); Max Gertler (11); Liam Letnic (11); Caleb Hayes (11); Krish Choudhry (11); and Edward Roberts (11).

“Their creativity never ceases to amaze me – for the last eight years we’ve invited young Sydneysiders to snap their city and show what Sydney means to them,” said the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “I love viewing the world through their eyes and seeing their work exhibited for all in Hyde Park.”

Winners will be selected in each of two categories: 3 to 7 and 8 to 11 years – and will be announced at the opening of the Little Sydney Lives exhibition on Thursday 13 September 2018. Each will be awarded $500 in photography equipment and accessories.

Running from 13 September to 7 October 2018, Little Sydney Lives is part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program of events and temporary art projects in unusual spaces throughout the city. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Kobi Cleary, Where’s Wally? (supplied)