Australian Life Instagram Competition

In June 2014, Art & About Sydney and Tourism Australia announced a new competition - #australianlife - asking Australians to share unique moments of life from around the country on Instagram.

The competition was a chance to include the talented Instagram community in the Australian Life exhibtion and prize.

After looking through over 30,000 entries submitted from June – September, our 2014 winner and five finalists have now been announced. The finalists shared moments from all over Australia – from a riverside lunch on the Hastings River, an unexpected classroom visitor, or a foggy sunrise.

The winner will receive $5000, and our winner and finalists will be featured by Tourism Australia on their Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who entered, we were overwhelmed at the talent and breadth of entries this year, and really enjoyed seeing each of the moments shared with us.


2014 Judging Panel:

Gill Minervini – Art & About Creative Director

Jesse Desjardins – Head of Social at Tourism Australia

Georgina Pope – Winner of the 2014 large format Australian Life exhibition and prize.

Sandy Edwards – Australian Life Curatorial Advisor



And the winner is…

@shell2444 | Port Macquarie, NSW

Hastings River, Port Macquarie, NSW by @shell2444

“My image is taken in Port Macquarie near our local seafood shop and fish cleaning table on the Hastings River. These local pelicans congregate here regularly in hope of a free feed. They are a joy to watch as they wait patiently, entertaining both locals and visitors with their antics. We are so lucky to have the luxury of delicious fresh seafood surrounded by nature, this happiness and freedom is Australian life.” - @shell2444

2014 finalists

@kellynharlowjane | Streeters Jetty in Broome, WA

Broome, WA by @kellynharlowb

“Broome is such a multicultural town and amid all the 5-star resorts and expensive pearl showrooms you can see Australia’s first people struggling to hang on to their culture and traditions. This picture represents #AustralianLife in the true form, no pretences, no egos, no facades…just trying to catch some lunch. Simple.” - @kellynharlowjane


@emilymacalpine | Newcastle Waters, NT


“The photo is of my brother Alex repairing a fence at the 25,000ha Lake Woods on Newcastle Waters cattle station. The station is in the heart of the Northern Territory covering over 1,000,000 ha of extraordinary landscape and frequently experiences the extremes of the Australian climate (floods and droughts to name a few). But work must go on!


I think this photos captures the vast nature of Australian Life and the diverseness of jobs, lifestyles and landscapes which we share. It also represents such an important and historical industry of our country.” – @emilymacalpine


@nancyonathan | Red Hill Nature Reserve, Canberra, ACT

Red Hill Lookout, Canberra, ACT by @nancyonathan

 “I was planning to catch a sunrise from the Red Hill Nature Reserve hill top, but instead what I found was a frosty, foggy morning with many ‘magical moments’. From a variety of birds, trees and flowers, to a big group of kangaroos, on this morning I fell in love with the place.

I believe what I found there represents #australianlife because it captures the combination of iconic animals with the beauty of Australia’s nature.” - @nancyonathan


@green_dani | Five Dock, NSW

'Look what I found at recess' by @green_dani

“The Australian Reptile Park were due to give a presentation at the School I teach at, about the conservation of wildlife, the preservation of Australian ecosystems and the remarkable life of reptiles to our Year 7 Science students.To my absolute shock, when I popped my head into the School Hall at recess – “Rosie” pictured here, was just casually cruising around the desks still set up from an examination earlier that morning, as the Wildlife Educators were busy unloading more snakes, lizards and tortoises. ” - @green_dani

@nataliegrono | Evans Head on the far North Coast of NSW

Evans Head, NSW by @nataliegrono

“This image “Happy Little Campers” was taken at a campground in Evans Head on the far North Coast of NSW. We had travelled there to meet friends and for our youngest daughter to experience her first camping holiday. As we were setting up camp the children happily played on the back of the old landcrusier, which is when the photo was captured.

This photo represents a timeless and quintessential part of Australian Life. It reminds me of my own childhood, packing the family car with camping gear, surfboards and beach equipment, weaving in and out of idyllic coastal spots and national parks as we cruised up and down the open road of the East Coast of Australia.  It represents holidays and warm weather spent with families and friends’ outdoors and the wholesome happiness these camping trips bring. Rich childhood memories now shared and created with my own children.” - @nataliegrono

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We’d love you to continue to share your images on the #australianlife hashtag. Art & About Sydney and Tourism Australia have got big plans for 2015.