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The “Need a Lift” Photo Competition

Capturing the good stuff and bringing positivity into focus with Ku-ring-gai council’s 2023 photography competition.

Need a Lift photo competition

“Need a Lift” is the Ku-ring-gai council’s newest initiative to bring some positivity back into the frame of its young residents. Locals between the ages of 12 – 24 are invited to snap pictures of the people, places, or things that “lift” their mood and brighten their days with a small caption explaining why.

There are plenty of positive things to focus your lens on! Maybe you’ll snap some gorgeous shots of the sunrise or even a picture of your dog enjoying a snooze in the sun. You and your friends might even pose for a picture together – just remember to point the camera at something that lifts your mood!

All entries will be put before a panel of young judges, and a selection of the entries will go on display at various NSW Health and Council facilities across northern Sydney with the tagline “Need a lift”. These exhibits will run throughout October and coincide with Mental Health Month. It is designed to encourage local residents towards better attitudes, outlooks and overall more positive mental health.

But it’s not just a space in the exhibit that’s on offer – there are multiple Westfield vouchers to be won! The overall winner will win a $350 voucher, with the runner-up winning a voucher worth $250.

That’s not all – there will also be three age categories where each winner will be awarded a $150 voucher. The age categories are as follows:

  • 12-15 years

  • 16-18 years

  • 19-24 years

The local residents can also have their say with the People’s Choice Award – everyone can vote via between 1 October and 31 October – the winner is set to receive a $250 Westfield Voucher.

The competition is supported by a range of Sydney councils and public health organisations, including the Northern Sydney Local Health District School-Link Program, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, headspace Brookvale, headspace Chatswood, Ku-ring-gai Council, City of Ryde, North Sydney Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Council, Northern Beaches Council, Avalon Youth Hub, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community Drug Action Team.

To submit your entry, head to and read the Terms and Conditions. The competition is open now and closes on September 4th, 2023. Get snapping!


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