Young photographers’ take on Sydney

CoS Art and About 2018 Kobi Cleary, Where's WallyYoung Sydney snappers are invited to capture images on how they see city life for this year’s Little Sydney Lives photography competition and exhibition.

Children from 3 – 11 years old are encouraged to snap and submit their own perspective on living in Sydney for the chance to win $500 in photography equipment and have their work exhibited in Hyde Park.

Twenty finalist images will be selected and blown up into large-scale portraits for the annual exhibition in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park from 19 September to 6 October 2019

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the junior version of the prestigious Australian Life photography competition has become a favourite among Sydneysiders. “Now in its ninth year, Little Sydney Lives has become increasingly popular with our city’s young photographers,” said the Lord Mayor.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity to see the perspective of Sydney’s youngest residents, who showcase great enthusiasm and originality in their photographs. I encourage all young snappers to take part!”

A panel of judges comprising Mags King, managing photographic editor for Sydney Morning Herald; artist and First Nations Creative Producer at Australian Design Centre, Dennis Golding; and artist and photography writer, Cherine Fahd, will select the 20 finalist images for the exhibition – which will be curated by photographer Sandy Edwards.

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.

Last year, seven year old Kobi Cleary, from Meadowbank, took the honours in the 3 – 7 years age category of Little Sydney Lives for his LEGO image, Where’s Wally? (pictured), while ten year old Patrick McCarthy from Normanhurst won first prize in the 8 – 11 years age category for his image, The Little Things of pebbles in the sea.

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. Entries are now open and close at midnight on Sunday 16 June. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Kobi Cleary, Where’s Wally?, 2018 (detail)