Little lives as seen through the lens of a camera

CoS Kuzey Aren Kesim Scaled downYoung Sydney photographers aged between three and 11 years are invited to submit images for the City of Sydney’s annual Little Sydney Lives photography competition and exhibition.

Budding photographers are encouraged to capture images of what life in Sydney means to them and enter the competition for the chance to win $500 in photography equipment and accessories. Twenty finalist images will be selected and blown up into large-scale portraits for an outdoor exhibition at Hyde Park’s Sandringham Gardens.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the competition is a chance for Sydney’s youngest citizens to present their important perspectives on camera. “Each year the Little Sydney Lives competition encourages creativity in young Sydneysiders and allows people to see our city from a fresh perspective,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Colourful images of nature, siblings, family life, pets and city adventures all illustrate how 3 to 11 year olds see our city. Little Sydney Lives is celebrating its eighth year and has become a much-loved exhibition.”

Finalist images will be selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges comprising Australian playwright and Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch, Australian artist Ken Done and photographer, and former Australian Life winner and internationally renowned photographer, Tamara Dean.

The Little Sydney Lives competition is now open and closes on 29 July. Winners will be selected in each of two categories – 3 to 7 years and 8 to 11 years – and announced at the opening of the exhibition on 13 September. The exhibition, curated by photographer Sandy Edwards, will run until 7 October 2018. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Kuzey Aren Kesim, Scaled down, 2017 – courtesy of City of Sydney