Established in 2016, Picturing Footscray is a free open-entry photography prize that focuses on Melbourne's unique inner-west suburb of Footscray.

Now in its seventh year, Picturing Footscray has become a well-known photography prize that is documenting Footscray’s changing culture and landscape.

Photographers of all capabilities are invited to participate and explore the people, streets and cultures that make Footscray the vibrant community it is.

After two years of holding Picturing Footscray virtually, we’re extremely excited to return to a physical exhibition and community celebration in 2022!

Mark the exhibition opening date in your diaries and get ready to admire Footscray through a photographic lens.

Please note: to be considered for prizes you must deliver your printed artwork for display in the physical exhibition. The full exhibition will also be shown virtually, however only the People’s Choice Award will be judged via the online platform.

This year we’re looking for photos that capture the essence of Footscray and celebrate what this suburb is all about.

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Key dates

Entries open: Monday 22 August, 9am.

Entries close: Sunday 2 October, 5pm (extended deadline due to the public holiday). Late entries will not be accepted.  

Exhibition opening and prize announcements: evening of Thursday 13 October, 6pm onwards.  

Exhibition at the Footscray Connectivity Centre: Thursday 13 October to Friday 11 November 2022.  


Entry details

There are no boundaries of age, ability, experience or technical equipment. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit either analogue or digital photographs that explore and celebrate Footscray. 

Entries must comply with the following guidelines: 

  • Maximum 1 entry per person. 
  • Each entry will be shown unless the photograph is not taken in Footscray or is deemed offensive, defamatory, too fragile, dangerous or not ready for installation. 
  • Images can be lightly edited or touched up but cannot be heavily altered and must still look like photographs. 
  • In order to be displayed in the exhibition, photographs must be printed, ready for display and delivered to the Footscray Connectivity Centre, 138 Nicholson St Footscray, between 9am-5pm weekdays. Artwork must be clearly named and include contact details on reverse. Artwork must not exceed 80cm in width and height. 

Please make sure you review the full terms and conditions for the competition before submitting your entry to ensure it meets our guidelines.  

Enter online


First Prize – sponsored by Plenary Health: $3,000 

Second Prize: $1,000 

Third Prize: $500 

Student Prize – sponsored by VU’s Library Services: $500 

People’s Choice Award – sponsored by the Footscray Connectivity Centre: $500 


Exhibition & People's Choice Award

All entrants will be exhibited in a major salon-style exhibition at the Footscray Connectivity Centre (previously VU MetroWest), providing an opportunity to have your work displayed in a professional setting. Entrants' work will also be displayed in an online exhibition format

The First, Second Third and Student Prizes will be awarded at the exhibition opening night. You will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award through the online gallery afterwards.

VU will only display works that can be hung using the following methods:

  • pins or blu-tack attached to prints, frames/canvas/lightboxes with D-rings or wire
  • mounted prints with batons
  • prints mounted on foam core.

The following print and display methods are highly recommended:

  • printed onto good quality paper
  • framed with d-rings and wire or string backing.

Artwork collection

Works must be delivered to the Footscray Connectivity Centre:

  • address: 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
  • between: Monday 3Monday 10 October 2022 (excluding Saturday and Sunday), 9am–5pm.

Artwork delivered outside these times will not be accepted and no responsibility will be taken.

All artworks must be clearly labelled with the artist’s name, title of the work, and contact details.

Entries must be collected from the Footscray Connectivity Centre within one week following the end of the exhibition.

Please note: entrants take all responsibility for the transport of their work to and from the Footscray Connectivity Centre. No responsibility will be taken for artwork that is not clearly labelled, and artworks that are not clearly labelled may not be exhibited.


Cameron Cope

Cameron James Cope is an image burglar, frequent stowaway and fine art printer based in Narrm (Melbourne). He has an extensive background in travel editorial and holds a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University - where he also runs photography workshops. His personal projects and photobooks explore how the past is embedded in the present through visual allegory and conceptual documentary. / Instagram: @can_of_cope 

Paola Balla

Dr Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara sovereign woman. She is a visual artist, curator, writer, academic & has her Doctorate from Victoria University where she teaches and does research at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre. Her work focuses on Black women’s art & activism. Paola also works in community arts & is a regular guest speaker & published writer. Paola has a Bachelor of Education-Nyerna Studies-Indigenous Major (VU), Post Grad Dip & Masters Community Cultural Development Praxis (VCA). Paola is a co-founder of the Indigenous Arts & Cultural Program & Wominjeka Festival at Footscray Community Arts. / IG: @paola_balla


Judges' selection criteria

The judging panel will be guided in their decision making by the following selection criteria: 

  • high artistic merit 
  • subject matter that best captures and celebrates the Footscray community 
  • entries that meet entry guidelines and have been taken in Footscray no earlier than June 2021. 


Past winners

 Every Which Way - Sally Coggle

Every Which Way by Sally Coggle

  • First prize: Every Which Way by Sally Coggle
  • Second prize: Everything is fine by Jake Lowe
  • Third prize: Borderline by Mark Davidson
  • Student Prize: Lucky Dip by Sarah Gardiner
  • People’s Choice award: Footscray local, fade by Solo by Gianna Rizzo

Paisley Street - Ben Dowling

Paisley Street by Ben Dowling

  • First prize: Paisley Street by Ben Dowling
  • Second prize: Self Portrait 2020 by Jody Haines
  • Third prize: Footscray Antifa Post Lockdown 1 by Narinda Cook
  • Student Prize: A Waiting Welcome by Becky Blechynden
  • People’s Choice award: Fragmented by Brodie Clark

 Test shot at Westgay - Matto Lucas

Test Shot at Westgay by Matto Lucas

  • First Prize: Test Shot at Westgay by Matto Lucas
  • Second Prize: Franco Cozzo by Oli Sansom
  • Third-prize: Footscray Drag Race by Xavier Smerdon
  • Student Prize: Barkly Street intersection by Mishka Winters

Footscray Embrace by Nathan Stolz


  • First prize: Footscray Embrace by Nathan Stolz
  • Second prize: Advance by Pier Carthew
  • Third prize: Caleb by the Bunbury Street Bridge by Shannon McDonald
  • People's choice: Giraffes on the Serengetti aka Sunset over the Dock by Elwyn Davies

Untitled by Christian Lukasik


  • Untitled by Christian Lukasik
  • Second prize: Roaming, Confident and Tall as the Sun by John Umina
  • Third prize: You are My Sunshine by Julia Wong
  • People's choice: Holiday in the West by Mikaela Foster

Local Footscray Music Icon by Wirut Khemnak


  • First prize: Local Footscray Music Icon by Wirut Khemnak
  • Second prize: Bunbury Blueprint by Rosie Howell
  • Third prize: The Heavenly Queen by Jaye Heraud
  • People's choice: Maribyrnong Reflections by Claudia Gonzalez Diaz
 Winning image for 2021: Every Which Way by Sally Coggle

Winning image for 2021: Every Which Way by Sally Coggle

COVID-19 precautions

We encourage participants to remain vigilant of the most up to date government rules and restrictions around COVID-19 when participating in Picturing Footscray. The health and safety of yourself and others is paramount. 

Terms & conditions

Terms & Conditions for Picturing Footscray 2022.