Image of Justice Photographic Competition

The Adelaide Law School, in conjunction with University Collections and principal sponsor Lipman Karas, are pleased to announce the Images of Justice photographic competition.

Images of Justice

2018 Competition

This year entrants will be judged on their creative interpretation of justice through "Law and Politics - alternative facts". The competition challenges entrants to capture the essence of justice through the lens of a camera and invites entries from three categories: student, community and professional photographer.

Significant dates

Competition launch May 2017
Entries close 30 April 2018
Shortlisted entries notified 1 June 2018
Printed photograph by shortlisted entrants delivery 15 June 2018
Winners announced 22 June 2018
Photographs displayed 12pm 19 June until 6 July 2018 *

 * The exhibition will be open 9am to 5pm weekdays.

Jennie Groom

Pictured: Women@work

Jennie started her photography career at The University of Adelaide, while many of her peers were attending as students she was fortunate to win the job as Assistant Photographer in the Photography Department at the Waite Campus under the guidance of Master Photographer, Andrew Dunbar.

"If we look for alternatives in running for politics and making laws....women.... then when there is an equal representation of gender and cultures then perhaps we won’t feel the need to make up news. The alternatives are here quietly working in the background, our women scientists, architects, priests, teachers, posties,...waiting for the opportunity to present an alternative view." - Jennie Groom

Rules and conditions of entry 

  • Competition rules

    The University of Adelaide – Adelaide Law School Photographic Competition (‘The Competition’) is an annual competition organised by Adelaide Law School and University Collections. The Competition has been organised to explore ways of thinking about the law and justice through the arts – in this case, photography. The rules are as follows..

    1. Entrants must identify the category within which they are being considered.
      The competition has three categories;
      1. Student – Including high school and tertiary students,
      2. Community – Community members including legal professionals, and
      3. Professional – Photographic artists and photographers.
    2. This is a photographic competition. No video or film works can be entered. Only works existing in permanent photo media form are eligible for entry.
    3. The conditions of entry and information about entering The Competition will be made available prior to each competition. It will include details of:
      1. significant dates;
      2. details of the information to be supplied with each entry;
      3. the process for selection of entries;
      4. requirements in relation to size, presentation and display of entries;
      5. restrictions as to the eligible medium for the competition;
      6. a curatorial brief or other guidelines as to the theme or themes of the competition.
      All elements must be addressed for the entry to be valid.
    4. There is a limit of three (3) entries per entrant.
    5. All entries must be original, that is, the entrant’s own work. Each entrant must affirm that he/she is the creator of and owner of copyright in the entry and that the entry does not infringe any third party rights.
    6. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain consents from any individual whose image appears in the entry. Proof of consent may be requested by the organisers.
    7. Non-compliant and inappropriate images will be excluded from the competition.
    8. In submitting an entry, the entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold the University of Adelaide and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns, harmless from any liability or damages of any kind, including legal fees and costs, resulting from any claim of infringement of copyright or any personal or proprietary right of any person or entity in relation to the entry.
    9. No third party may enter any work on behalf of an entrant.
    10. Staff of the University of Adelaide and/or the sponsors of The Competition, who are directly involved with the administration, judging and installation of The Competition are not eligible to submit an entry.
    11. A panel of not less than 3 and not more than 7 members appointed by the University of Adelaide will choose the winner based on their judgment of artistic merit. The majority of the members shall be recognised authorities in the visual arts and/or law. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    12. Entries selected for the finalists’ exhibition will be freighted to Adelaide at the cost of the entrant. Unless printing through Atkins Technicolour.
    13. The prize-winners will be announced and awarded at the official Images of Justice Prize Winner Ceremony.
    14. Prizes in each category will be announced at the time of the Prize Winner Ceremony of the competition.
    15. The winner and runner-up will be invited to attend, at their own cost, the award presentation and publicity engagements, via telephone and/or email if not in person. The University cannot meet cost of attendance to these events by participants.
    16. The entries in The Competition may be publicly exhibited.
    17. In submitting an entry the entrant consents for the University of Adelaide to exhibit the entry and reproduce the entrant’s biographical information. The entrant also consents for the University of Adelaide to reproduce, exhibit, publish and communicate the entry for the purpose of promoting the prize and activities of the University of Adelaide. Such promotional material may include catalogues, websites, broadcasts and other transmissions, brochures, annual reports and other publications or material.
    18. Copyright in an entry remains with each entrant. All exhibitions and display of entries will be attributed to their entrants. Due regard will be given to the preservation or artistic integrity of the entries.
    19. The winning entrants will provide the University of Adelaide and Lipman Karas with a perpetual, non-exclusive licence to reproduce, exhibit, publish and communicate the winning entries for the purpose of promoting the competition. 
      Upon request, the entrant will provide the University and Lipman Karas an image of such quality as may be reproduced, exhibited, published and communicated.
    20. The University will keep the original submitted work.
  • Conditions of entry and selection process

    1. The Competition is open to;
      1. Student – Including high school and tertiary students,
      2. Community – Community members including legal professionals, and
      3. Professional – Photographic artists and photographers.
    2. Entries open to residents of Australia and New Zealand or Alumni of the University of Adelaide.
    3. Entrants must comply with the Competition Rules.
    4. The works should reflect the spirit of the theme, whether directly or indirectly.
    5. The works must be two dimensional photographic images. They must be a minimum size of 42 x 59.4cm (A2) and must not exceed 100cm x 100cm in overall area. A work may comprise of more than one image. Artwork not to be framed. 
      Video and film cannot be utilised.
    6. Images submitted via website must not exceed 5MB.
    7. Shortlisted entrants in the student category will need to be able to produce a student ID in order to proceed into the finals.
    8. The Competition is acquisitive in nature.
      The Competition prize winners’ work (1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category) in various categories will be retained in the collection of the University and major sponsor as per competition rule number 19.

    Selection Criteria

    • High degree of artistic merit.
    • Professional quality of execution.
    • Innovative approach reflecting the theme of Images of Justice 'Law and Politics - alternative facts’.

    Selection Process

    • A selection panel comprising of both visual arts and law representatives will shortlist works from images supplied by artists electronically in JPG format (maximum file size 5MB).
    • Shortlisted entrants will be advised by 1 June 2018.
    • Shortlisted entrants will need to deliver the work to the University by 15 June 2018. 
      The work should not be framed nor exceed the size limit as per the conditions of entry, as shortlisted works will be pinned to the wall of the exhibition space. 
      The cost of this is to be covered by the entrant. Delivery address to be advised. Please view the printing price list from our printing partner Atkins Technicolour. If you print through Atkins Technicolour you do not need to organise delivery. 
    • The selection panel will select prize winners after shortlisted works have arrived at the University for the exhibition.

Categories and Prizes

A People’s Choice prize will also be awarded, with members of the public able to cast their vote at the prize ceremony in June 2018.

Categories 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Students (high school and tertiary) $1,200 $500 voucher from Atkins Technicolour $100 voucher from Wakefield Press
Community (members of the public and legal professionals) $1,200 $500 voucher from Atkins Technicolour $100 voucher from Wakefield Press
Professional (photographic artists and professionals) $1,200 $500 voucher from Atkins Technicolour $100 voucher from Wakefield Press

The competition’s principal sponsor is Lipman Karas. The competition is also sponsored by Atkins Photo Lab and Wakefield Press with Wine Direct supporting the Prize Ceremony.


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