LDC Photography Competition 2020

Celebrating the

‘Heart and Soul’ of the BBB

(Bowen Broken Bogie


THE Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment is a beautiful part of our world that features beautiful landscapes and hard working, salt of the earth people.

It has inspired us to celebrate the heart and soul of the BBB through a photography competition. We’re looking for amazing stand alone images that capture ‘our environment’, ‘our people’ and ‘our work’ to show off all the BBB offers.

In addition to a $1300 prize pool the finalists and category winners will feature in the Landholders Driving Change 2021 calendar. 

The boundaries of the BBB for the photography competition. Click on the map to view it full size.

Key dates

The photo competition opens on 15 June and closes on 14 August (now extended to 19 August).  Winners will be announced in mid-September, and notified via email.

Competition categories


  • *Professional photographers
  • Non-professional photographers
  • Junior, under 18 years old

* Defined as anyone who runs a photography or videography commercial business, including shooting images for commercial use.

There are three photography themes:

  • Our people
  • Our work
  • Our environment

The judge will provide a critique to the winner and runner-up of each category.


Our people 

Our environment

Our work


Junior winner – $100 voucher The Collinsville Post Office

Winners will be judged by Scott Radford-Chisholm

Competition judge Scott Radford-Chisholm

People’s Choice

Winners will be judged by Scott Radford-Chisholm, and the People’s Choice award will be judged by NQ Dry Tropics’ staff. The award will be selected from all seven winners and the winning photo will grace the front cover of the LDC 2021 calendar.

All winners will be notified by email. A list of the winners will also be published on the Landholders Driving Change website, along with their winning photos

Our people Entries into this category needs to depict people or a person in some form.  They could capture everyday moments, inside or outside.

Our work Show us people who are performing their job.

Our environment Entries into this category needs to embody the spirit of the outdoors.  They could depict landscape, our climate, wildlife or domestic animals.  People or a person can appear in the photo as being part of or in their environment, but should not be dominant.

This competition is open to everyone except NQ Dry Tropics employees, board members, and Landholders Driving Change project panel members, and the immediate families of such employees, board members and project panel members.

Entries from any digital camera, including smartphones, will be accepted for all competition categories.

All images must be single capture images (no stacking or stitching of images is permitted).

Colour and monochrome photographs will be accepted.

Photos are to be submitted as a JPEG file and be a maximum 2Mb filesize.

The number of entries per theme is limited to five.

Images with embedded signatures, watermarks or symbols will NOT be accepted in the competition.

Only minor burning, dodging, levels/curves, and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is minor cropping and conversion to black and white. Post-production that attempts to misconstrue the authenticity of the scene presented to the photographer is not permitted.

Entry into the junior under 18 section, requires parent or guardian permission.

The photographer will retain copyright of the image but grants NQ Dry Tropics the right to use the image in any future publications without limitations.

NQ Dry Tropics will acknowledge the photographer of the image in any publication.

To submit an entry the entrant needs to provide full Name (Christian and Surname), address, contact phone number, and the photo category they are entering.

The entrant also agrees to having their photo taken with the winning image for promotional purposes.

Before submitting a photo, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, including but not limited to, obtaining their permission, to avoid problems related to infringement of their rights.

Winners will be announced via email and in the October edition of The Grit – the Landholders Driving Change online newsletter.

All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions.

It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules.  The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for entry in this contest, you automatically give NQ Dry Tropics permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.

All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.

We value your privacy. All personal collected information through entry to this competition will be only used for the purposes of this competition and will not be disclosed, sold or transferred to any third party or company.

All collected personal information will be deleted from our servers at the end of the competition and not used for any further purposes excepting those outlined in these terms and conditions.

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Scott Radford-Chisholm Biography Scott’s love of Press Photography started back in his primary school days, where he had his first photo published in a local Brisbane newspaper.

He acquired his first 35mm camera at age 12 and built his own darkroom at his parents’ home much to his mum’s dislike at losing the use of her laundry every evening.

After constant knocking on the doors of the local paper, Scott was finally offered part-time work where he was able to see first hand what the media industry was about.

His passion continued through school and then on to tertiary education where he studied photography at the Queensland College of Art.

It was during this period that Scott looked at other aspects of photography including wedding and portraiture, but soon realised his aim was to become a press photographer and work in the media industry.

After two years of study, Scott was offered a cadetship at Sun Newspapers, Brisbane, in 1988.

The unfortunate closure of this newspaper three years later meant he was again looking for work elsewhere. He stayed a further six months in Brisbane, working for the Brisbane edition of the Sydney Sunday Telegraph.

He moved to northern New South Wales and worked for three months with the Northern Star in Lismore, in a relieving role.

After then pounding the streets of Sydney, a position for a photographer was advertised at the Townsville Bulletin and Scott moved to the north in 1993.

He progressed his way up the ladder to the position of Chief Photographer and Pictorial Editor, which he held from 1998 to November 2019.

The job has taken Scott to all parts of Queensland, around Australia, and abroad.  His dedication was rewarded in many ways including travelling nationally with Townsville Suns Basketball (now ex Crocodiles) and North Qld Cowboys Rugby League teams, as well as two assignments to East Timor – once for the Townsville Bulletin and the other for the News Limited Group.

A career highlight was being part of the News photographers team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and covering Australian Army personnel stationed in the Solomon Islands.

Scott has now ventured into the world of small business, and has opened his first home studio called HeadPix By SRC, catering to those who wish to update their profile images, or corporate images.

He has been rewarded with many Press Photography awards including : World Rural Press Photo Awards 2018 – Best Landscape Nature Photography Winner National Rural Press Awards 2018 – Best Landscape Nature Photograph QLD Rural Press Awards 2018 – Best Landscape / Nature Photograph QLD Rural Press Awards 2017 – Best Landscape/Nature Photograph News Awards 2005 – Runner Up Highly Commended News Photo Qld Media Awards 2005 – Winner Best News Photograph Older People Speaking Out Awards 2004 – Finalist Walkley Awards 2004 – Finalist (Best Daily Life Photo) & Commended in Regional Suburban Photography North QLD Media Awards 2004 – Best News Photograph United Nations Media Peace Awards Finalist – 2004 Surf Lifesaving QLD Media Awards 2004 – Best Photo Surf Lifesaving Surf Lifesaving QLD Media Awards 2003 – Best Photo Surf Sports Hurley Awards for Press Photography 2000 – Best News Photograph North Qld Media Awards 2000 & 2001 – Best Sports Photograph QLD Turf Racing Journalism Awards 2000 – Best Action Photo Hinchliffe Awards for Excellence in Regional and Suburban Journalism 1996 – Best News Photograph MBF Health & Well Being Awards 1997 – State Finalist, Best Photograph MBF Health & Well Being Awards 1996 – State Winner, Best photograph QLD Finalist Walkley Awards 1996 – Best News Photograph Hurley Awards for Press Photography 1996 – 2nd Place, Photo Essay CBA Basketball Awards 1996 – Best Action Photograph CBA Basketball Awards 1995 – Best Action Photograph.

NQ Dry Tropics is leading the Landholders Driving Change project, a large-scale water quality and land improvement project that is being rolled out in the Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment to tackle erosion and improve land management, productivity and reef water quality.

The project is focused on the high-priority BBB catchment near Bowen and Collinsville.

It is an area which produces almost a quarter of the fine sediment load that ends up on the Great Barrier Reef.

From the very start, we asked local graziers to get involved and put forward ideas about how to keep soil on the land and to improve productivity.

This project combines graziers’ knowledge with the latest scientific research.

It will trial and develop solutions designed to remove the social, financial and technical barriers to practice change.  And because erosion isn’t just an issue for graziers, this project aims to involve all land managers in the BBB, including mines, utilities, government departments and councils.

For the first time, a project at this scale aims to work with a whole community to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.

Landholders Driving Change is piloting a new model of program delivery, championed by NQ Dry Tropics for a long time.

If it works well, this delivery model may be transferred to other catchments in the reef community.

Landholders Driving Change is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

Any queries or requests for further information can be emailed to: LDCphotocompetition@nqdrytropics.com.au