Young photographers’ take on Sydney

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Young Sydney snappers are invited to capture images on how they see city life for this year's Little Sydney Lives photography competition and exhibition.

Children from 3-11 years old are encouraged to snap and submit their own perspective on living in Sydney for the chance to win $500 in photography equipment and have their work exhibited in Hyde Park.

Twenty finalist images will be selected and blown up into large-scale portraits for the annual exhibition in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park from 19 September to 6 October.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the junior version of the prestigious Australian Life photography competition has become a favourite among Sydneysiders.

"Now in its ninth year, Little Sydney Lives has become increasingly popular with our city's young photographers," the Lord Mayor said.

"It is also a wonderful opportunity to see the perspective of Sydney's youngest residents, who showcase great enthusiasm and originality in their photographs. I encourage all young snappers to take part!"

A panel of judges comprising Mags King, managing photographic editor for Sydney Morning Herald; artist and First Nations Creative Producer at Australian Design Centre, Dennis Golding; and artist and photography writer, Cherine Fahd, will select the 20 finalist images for the exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by photographer Sandy Edwards.

Winners will be selected in each of two categories - 3 to 7 years and 8 to 11 years - and announced at the opening of the exhibition.

Last year, seven year old Kobi Cleary, from Meadowbank, took the honours in the 3-7 years age category of Little Sydney Lives for his LEGO image, Where's Wally?

Patrick McCarthy, age 10, from Normanhurst won first prize in the 8-11 years age category for his image, The Little Things of pebbles in the sea.

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.

Entries for the Little Sydney Lives competition close at midnight on Sunday 16 June.

Read more about the competition, including terms and conditions, at

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Julia Lenton. Phone 0410 748 039 or email

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