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THE best contribution charities and community groups can make this election, is to put our work and our impact in the picture.


We know that if the next parliament and government values the role of charities and community groups, we can work better with government and achieve so much more for our communities.


We know all political candidates love a photo opportunity of themselves doing something good, especially in their electorate during an election campaign.  


That’s why it’s time to invite candidates from across the political spectrum to #Loveyourwork and take a walk in the footsteps of your community. We need them to care about your issues, show their support and learn more about how you are #Makingadifference in the communities they seek to represent.  


So, to help make the most of this golden opportunity to put your contribution and your impact in the picture – Our Community and Community Council for Australia are awarding thousands of dollars in cash prizes to the charities and community groups that come up with the best Poli-Pix.  


Invite your pollies out during the election, showcase your impact and CLICK!


Mike Bowers, photographer at large for The Guardian, will judge a weekly winner ($2000) plus a bonus for overall best picture (another $2000) based on three critieria:

  • newsworthiness (what is going to cut through all the social media noise and promote interest),
  • level of insight (what does the photo tell us about the work of the organisation that would be valued by others) and, 
  • quality of the photo (composition, lighting, timing, etc.).


Enter as many times as you can.  Invite as many pollies out to learn about your work as possible.  It’s time to tell our stories.  Celebrate our impact.  And engage our politicians in the difference we make.


To Enter: 

Simply upload your picture and caption here

or email to deborahs@communitycouncil.com.au

Photos can be submitted at any time but must be of an event during the current election campaign.  All photos will be considered provided they are in this format: jpeg, jpg, png or gif and less than 20mb in size.

The cut-off date for each weekly prize is the close of business Thursday of each week stating with Thursday 21/4 – then 28/4, 5/5, 12/5, 19/5.

The winning Poli-Pic of the week ($2000) will be announced and published each Monday in Pro Bono News.  The grand prize winner ($2000 bonus) will be announced following the Election.  

Terms and Conditions:

  • Pictures need to show a candidate in the federal election visiting and engaging positively with your charity or not-for-profit community group
  • Pictures need to be submitted in jpeg, jpg, png or gif format.  
  • By entering, you give permission for the picture to be shared in the media, social media and online by CCA and Our Community as part of this competition.
  • Mike Bowers will judge 12 finalists each week; with finalists decided by assistant judges, Amanda Copp, (Political Reporter, Community Radio Network), Matthew Schulz, (Journalist, Our Community) and Deborah Smith (Community Council for Australia).
  • Judges' decisions are final.
  • Prize money is awarded to the charity or community group featured in the picture (not the photographer or individuals).


Here’s a few resources to help you on your way.


Easy links to candidates and useful background on every federal electorate from the ABC.


More than 1000 words, tips from Community Council for Australia CEO, David Crosbie on using the election period and getting creative with photo opportunities to create a splash.


Five tips for getting media coverage, from Brett de Hoedt and Our Community.


Sample invite to your local pollies.  Keep it simple; talk to your impact in very tangible and local terms; get creative with the event and photo opportunity.