Council's heritage photo competition snaps back into life

Published on 20 July 2020

City of Launceston Heritage Snap Student Photography Competition and Awards 2020

The City of Launceston's Heritage Snap! awards have officially relaunched for 2020.

The competition originally kicked-off in March this year, however it was put on hold shortly after due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Albert van Zetten said the time had now come to relaunch the awards, with a new category added that will give the competition - now in its seventh year - a new lease of life, and at least 500 good reasons to get snapping.

The 2020 Heritage Snap! awards are based around the theme: "Should I stay, or should I go?"

Mayor van Zetten said the awards were a great opportunity to let Council know what makes certain places important - whether it's a street or a park, a garden, building or other architectural feature.

"This year's competition is about asking students to show us what elements of Launceston and its heritage inspire them, and which places may have seen better days" Mayor van Zetten said.

"Originally, the awards were intended for built work on heritage buildings, but over the years we have broadened the scope to include works to vehicles, gardens and larger landscapes, and also the promotion of heritage issues in any form.

"Through the Heritage Snap! competition, the Council hopes to inspire our young people to take a real interest in our beautiful city's built heritage by focussing on specific details and attributes that are often overlooked.

"Generally we want to see our built heritage retained, but we also understand that some structures are valued more than others, and some may have reached the end of their useful life.

"We would love to see your photos of places in and around Launceston that interest you and hear whether you believe they should be kept as they are; repaired or altered in some way; or removed and replaced. Most importantly, we would like to hear why."

For the first time in the awards' history, a Peoples' Choice category has been added to the prize list, with a $500 photographic equipment voucher up for grabs.

All short-listed entries will be eligible for the Peoples' Choice Award, and will go on display on the Council's website and feature in an exhibition in September.

The awards are open to all school students in Northern Tasmania from years three to 12 and will feature a three image limit per student.

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