Macarthur Nature Photography Competition

View from Warragamba Lookout

 The 2017 competition is now open.

Moments captured have the ability to remind us that photography has the power to transport us to unseen worlds. In a world seemingly overloaded by a daily avalanche of images, through Instagram, Facebook and television, can an image still cut through the clutter of it all and reveal to us something in our worlds that we have been missing?

The Macarthur Councils are once again hosting the highly anticipated Macarthur Nature Photography Competition (MNPC) and are encouraging you to enter your most striking, engaging and enticing images of local native flora, wildlife and natural scenery taken from within the Macarthur area, showcasing your artistic vision and impression of the natural environment to the wider community.

Entries can be submitted online, or by downloading the entry form and returning it in person. Entries Close September 29th.

We are always exploring new ideas for the competition and new ways to capture nature.

This year's themes are:

  • Waterways
  • Native Flora and Fauna
  • Nature Up Close
  • Environmental Impact
  • Hollows as Homes
  • Snap a selfie!

To find out more about each of these themes, download a copy of the Nature Photography Competition Entry Form

A great project to supplement classroom learning

This competition provides a great avenue for schools to engage their students in visual arts/digital media, science and geography. Our Primary School Teacher's Resource Kit and High School Teacher's Resource Kit have demonstrated what learning outcomes this competition can achieve for your students. 

Prizes for Schools

There are also great prizes for schools. If one of your students enters their photo into the competition and acknowledges their school on the entry form, their entry automatically goes into the running to win "Best Overall Primary School Photo" or "Best Overall High School Photo".



Entry is easy! You can enter online or print and mount your own photos and bring them into your local Council.

To enter the Nature Photography Competition Online simply answer all the questions on the online form and hit submit.

To enter a printed copy of your image and to find out the rules and conditions of the competition, download the Nature Photography Competition Entry Form

Competition dates

  • Entries open Saturday 26 August
  • Entries close Friday 29 September

On exhibition

All photos entered will be displayed in Macarthur Square for approximately two weeks prior to the awards ceremony. Dates of exhibition to be confirmed.

Award ceremony

The competition will culminate in an Awards Ceremony, with all entrants and their families invited to come along and celebrate the amazing photography.

All images are displayed on the night for people to view, catering will be provided and an MC and guest speaker make the night more than just an awards announcement.

All people who enter the competition will be notified of the date and location of the award ceremony closer to the event.

This year will once again see a huge prize pool for winning images both for individuals and schools.

  • $300 cash  and $100 Macarthur Square gift card for first place in each theme*
    • Open Section (16 years and over)
  • $150 cash and $100 Macarthur Square gift card for first place in each theme*
    • Young People Section (15 years and under)
  • $150 cash for second place in each theme*
    • Open Section (16 years and over)
  • $75 cash for second place in each theme*
    • Young People Section (15 years and under)
  • $100 Macarthur Square gift card for #snapMNPC Snap a Selfie competition

*$100 cash and a family pass to Symbio Wildlife Park for Hollows as Homes theme overall winner.