Diversity of Disability Image Competition

Melbourne Disability Institute is looking for high quality photographs that depict the diversity of disability, to be featured on our website, on our event listings, invitations, presentations and social media channels. Winning submissions will be paid a fee for use of their image.

We are looking for original images that represent the full spectrum of disability. They can include any context you like. We encourage a broad range of settings, for example at home, on public transport, at work, shopping, socialising, studying, eating out, in your local neighbourhood, on holiday, with friends.

The images can feature individuals or groups, children, adults and young people with disability. We encourage submissions that represent the diversity of disability, including all genders, people of colour, mental health, chronic illness, psychosocial disability and invisible disabilities. We are also interested in images that represent disability inclusion in the broader community, accessible spaces and inclusive environments.

Works can be new or existing and must be suitable for publishing on our website, in our reports and event listings, and on our social media channels.

Prize money

This is a paid opportunity and we have a total prize pool of $5,000. The winning submission(s) for leading images will each receive $1,000 plus GST. The winning submissions for supporting images will each receive $500 plus GST. Each image selected for general use will be paid a $100 license fee for a 12-month period.

Applications close Friday 31 May, midnight. The winning entries will be chosen by a panel who will be looking for images that depict the diversity of disability, reflect originality and visual appeal.

  • Please complete the form
  • Please include the photograph as an attachment.
  • The photograph should be high resolution and should be a .jpg or .png file. Find out more about high resolution here
  • Please take into consideration that images may be cropped to suit different platforms and may have headings or other text overlaid.
  • Please read the terms and conditions below carefully before applying.

Image competition entry form

Download standard Image Consent & Release form

  • How to Apply

    You can enter multiple times by clicking the link to the form above. Please submit a separate form for each submission. When applying please provide the following details:

    • Name of photographer
    • Title of work / caption
    • Appropriate alternative text (that is, a description of the artwork for people who are vision-impaired)
    • Materials (if appropriate)
    • Year of creation
    • Dimensions (if appropriate, provide Height x Depth x Width in mm)
    • State what your image represents to you (50 words or less)
    • Please include the photograph as an attachment. The photograph should be high resolution and should be a .jpg or .png file. Find out more about high resolution here: https://blog.hubspot.com/customers/high-resolution-image-guide
    • If you are submitting a portrait, please provide the consent from your sitter as a separate attachment. The standard University of Melbourne consent form can be downloaded from the link above.
  • Terms and Conditions
    • Images will be used for 12 months from June 2019. MDI promises to only use images for the specified purposes. If extra use is required, we will contact you.
    • Images may be submitted in colour and/or black & white. You may enhance the image and apply filters.
    • If submitting a portrait, you must also provide proof of written consent from the sitter/s.
    • If successful, the awarded sum will be paid within 14 days after we received a signed contract.
    • Images may not always be able to be captioned due to their placement however, we will include captions where possible. All images will be credited on our website.
    • If no appropriate submissions are received, MDI reserves the right to source images from another avenue.
    • You must have all necessary permissions (copyright and model release) to publish the photo on the MDI website and social media channels. Please note the copyright of images resides with the photographer, so if you are submitting a photo that has been taken of you, please make sure the photographer has given written permission for you to submit the image. The standard University of Melbourne release form can be downloaded from the link above.
    • Image/s may be cropped or resized to suit different platforms.
    • Winning images will be decided by MDI team based on how they best represent disability in Australia. Due to limited resources, we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions.
  • Contact

    If you have any issues with uploading your images, please contact us at md-i@unimelb.edu.au or on 03 8344 2813.