Photography competition

Staff and students from educational organisations from Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit a photographic entry on the theme “Global Goals through the viewfinder”

All entries will be posted on ACTS Instagram and Facebook pages, where the most liked submissions will be exhibited at the ACTS Conference this November. The competition winner will be selected by sustainability educators and professionals attending the conference!

How will the competition work?

  1. Photo entries capturing one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in action can be submitted [here] until Friday 20 October 2017.
  2. All photo entries will be featured on ACTS Instagram and Facebook pages for one week (23-27 October). The entries that receive the highest number of likes within the feature week will move ahead as a competition finalist.
  3. Finalist photos will be exhibited in RMIT’s Sustainability Space in New Academic Street during the 17th International ACTS Conference. Sustainability educators and professionals attending the conference will be able to cast votes to select a photo that best represents the competition theme.
  4. The photo that receives the highest number of delegate votes will be announced as the competition winner at the Green Gown Awards Australasia gala dinneron the 2 November 2017, at the iconic Storey Hall in Melbourne. The winner will receive a prize and be featured throughout the ACTS network!

Theme “Global Goals through the viewfinder”

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Our competition theme “Global Goals through the viewfinder” challenges you to photographically capture actions working towards one of the 17 Global Goals. Click on the goals below to learn more…


The competition winner will receive:

  • $150 cash card
  • The ability to select two recipients of a Kiva loan. Kiva is a non-profit organisation that allows people to provide loans to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty”.

Entry terms and conditions


In order to be eligible to submit an entry to the competition, and individual must currently be studying and/or employed by an educational organisation in Australia or New Zealand. For the purpose of this competition, an educational organisation refers to a registered school, university, college and/or technical institution. ACTS reserve the right to validate all entrants’ affiliation with an educational organisation.

Entry requirements
  1.  An eligible individual (entrant) can submit one (1) original photograph (an entry) addressing the competition theme “Global Goals through the viewfinder”.
  2. An entry must be uploaded [here] by 5.00pm AEST Friday 20 October 2017.
  3. Within the entry’s submission, the entrant must state the education organisation they study and/or work for and their country of residence.  A brief description of the photograph and its relation to the competition theme may also be included.
  4. The entry, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant. By entering the competition the entrant acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
  5. Photographs must have been taken by the student or staff member within 1 year of the date of entry and may not have previously won an award.
  6. ACTS reserves the right to use finalist photo entries for marketing purposes.