No filter required for Sydney’s little snappers

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Twenty images captured by our city’s youngest photographers have been selected as finalists in the annual Little Sydney Lives photography competition.

Children aged 3 to 12 years across Sydney captured images of nature, family, pets and toys as their cute and quirky take on life in Sydney.

A panel of judges comprising artist Atong Atem, photographer Sam Ferris and curator Sebastian Goldspink sifted through dozens of entries to select the finalists in two categories – 3 to 7 year-olds and 8 to 12 year-olds.

All 20 finalist images will feature in the outdoor exhibition, curated by photographer Sandy Edwards, in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park from 15 September to 9 October.

The images, and the stories behind each photograph, also feature in the Little Sydney Lives online exhibition.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Little Sydney Lives exhibition has lit up a special corner of Hyde Park for the past 11 years.

“I have always loved the snaps captured by our city’s young photographers and the joy the exhibition brings to visitors as they pass through Hyde Park.

“It’s wonderful to see children tap into their creative side and show us what their take on Sydney life is.

“And it’s very exciting that this year we also have two siblings whose images have been selected as finalists.”

The finalists aged 3 to 7 are:

  • Lyra Casey Fernandez, Blackwall
  • Ithaka Conomos, Fairlight
  • Lacey Griffiths, Blackwall
  • Sierra Russell, Lane Cove
  • Emily Spencer , Newtown
  • Arianna Rien, Seaforth
  • Everley Karlekar, Wollstonecraft
  • Matthew Sidarous, Crescent
  • Thomas Meyer, Girraween
  • Dalton Lucca, Woy Woy

The finalists aged 8 to 12 are:

  • Audrey Gilmour, Beverly Park
  • Maximilian Yeo, Lilyfield
  • Giorgia Murray, Leichhardt
  • Alessandra Murray, Leichhardt
  • Ninette Shenouda, Riverwood
  • Daxton Liang, Newington
  • Jasper Mae Allen, Forest Lodge
  • Waiaria Macedone-Hunt, Erskineville
  • Woodrow Counter, Leichhardt
  • Alison Faith Tjahjadi, Werrington

“This year’s selection for Little Sydney Lives is as vibrant and entertaining as ever,” exhibition curator Sandy Edwards said.

“Little Sydney Lives continues to prove that there are budding photographers everywhere and that our connection to the world and our hearts is reflected in the world of imagery everywhere around us.”

Winners in each of the age categories will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 15 September. Each winner will be awarded $500 in photography equipment and accessories.

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.

More details on the Little Sydney Lives finalists and Art & About are available at

For media enquiries, contact Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Zoe Delamare. Phone 0477 263 615or email

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