Focus Photographic Competition

Focus Photographic Competition

The FOCUS local history photo competition is back in 2021, with cash prizes up for grabs to amateur photographers.

This year’s theme ‘Emergency Services’ asks for present-day photos showing the buildings, vehicles and officers of our district’s fine front-line Emergency Services organisations. This includes Fire / DFES and Bushfire services, Police, Ambulance and Hospital, SES and Rangers.

Grab your camera and help us capture the history of the groups whose courageous members come to our aid when it’s needed most!


A sensitive approach is needed and no entrants should be following emergency services personnel into dangerous situations. Please stay away from live emergency scenes.

The hints & tips sheet is super helpful and can give you the inside track on the best places and times to be photographing. This map of suburbs in the City of Armadale will tell you where the City’s boundaries are.

BONUS CATEGORY: the pre-2000 ‘open historical’ category asks for scans of photographs more than 21 years old. So open your old photo albums and show us how our district looked decades ago! Enter your favourite pre-2000 photo taken within the City of Armadale for more chances to win a cash prize and a large acrylic-mounted copy of your image.


This year there are two categories:

‘Emergency Services’ category: photos of current or former emergency services buildings in the City of Armadale borders, or emergency service vehicles.

  • 1st place ($300)
  • 2nd place ($250)
  • 3rd place ($150)

Pre-2000 category: streetscape photo taken before 2000 in the City of Armadale (digital scan, no prints)

  • 1st place ($300)
  • 2nd place ($250)
  • 3rd place ($150)


  • Engine DD 591
    Early St John Ambulances in the Armadale district, circa 1960.

  • Bushfire Brigade volunteers at Kelmscott Show, 1992.
    Photo by R Polden, Community Newspapers.

Who can enter?

  • This online-only competition is open to all amateur photographers 18 years and over who are Australian residents.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information.

Key dates

  • Entries open on Monday 1 Feb 2021 and close Wednesday 31 March 2021.
  • Winners will be contacted by Friday 16 April 2021.
  • A selection of entries will be exhibited at Armadale library in May/June 2021 (dates to be announced).

Image size and format - both categories - digital only

  • JPEG format, Minimum 1MB, maximum 15MB,
  • Please use no digital enhancement other than cropping, resizing or reasonable adjustments to tone. Composite images are not acceptable.

Entering this competition



  • Enter as many digital photographs as you wish. Each photo must be submitted separately via the online entry form (link will be activated on this page 1 February 2021). A confirmation email will be sent to you for each entry.
  • Please re-name your image file in this format: firstname_surname_TitleOfPhoto.
  • All entries must be original photographs by the entrant, not infringing any party’s intellectual property rights.
  • By submitting an entry, entrants accept the Terms and Conditions of the competition.

If you have any questions, please call (08) 9394 5185 or email