About our Photography Challenges with Heart

Never before has our world been so saturated with images. Everyone has access to a camera, whether it’s on their phone, a point & shoot, or a DSLR. If you’ve been feeling like you want to give more heart & purpose to your photography, turn your camera to our monthly Photography Challenges with Heart & create an image that will help raise awareness of our organisation of the month – The Special Olympics Ballarat

Not only because there’s sweet prizes involved, but because your creativity can help make the world a better place.

Watch the video above for this month’s brief, start shooting and join us to shoot for change!

Start Date:  01 December 2016

End Date:  31 January 2016

About the Organisation of the Month: The Special Olympics Ballarat


The Ballarat Special Olympics provides weekly sports training and regular competition for people with an intellectual disability.

Global Movement

Special Olympics has grown from a backyard camp into a global movement that has been transforming the lives of people with an intellectual disability for almost 50 years. The global sporting community was pioneered by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to US President John F Kennedy as well as Rosemary who had an intellectual disability. Today, Special Olympics supports over 5 million athletes in 177 countries.

Local impact

Special Olympics began in Australia in 1976 when many people with an intellectual disability were shut in institutions. While this is no longer the norm in Australia, we continue to seek public support to ensure that people with an intellectual disability are not shut out. By helping us give them opportunities to play sport, together we can open the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion for some of the marginalised and isolated members of our community.

About the prizes!

With thanks to our sponsors MDP Photography & Video, The Ballarat International Foto Biennale and Thornton Richards Camera House, we’ve got some great prizes up for grabs for each month’s Photography Challenges with Heart.

Special Olympics Winner – The team at the Ballarat Special Olympics will be choosing their favourite photo this month & the winner will receive a 1hr one on one private photography lesson* from MDP Photography & Video

*This will take place in Ballarat, mid-week only. If you are unable to get to Ballarat, this will take place over skype.


Ballarat International Foto Biennale People’s Choice Winner – The photo with the highest number of votes will receive an awesome original mystery photographic print kindly donated by Ballarat International Foto Biennale.


Thornton Richards Camera House People’s Choice Winner – The photo with the second highest number of votes will receive a $100 print voucher for Thornton Richards Camera House. A great chance to get your images off the computer & on to a wall!


Please ensure you read the Terms & Conditions below for all the info on the prizes & entry.

Our Sponsors & Supporters

Image Guidelines

Minimum File Size: 1MB*

Maximum File Size: 2MB

Maximum Image Size: 2500px on the longest edge. 300dpi

*No entries less than 1MB in size will be eligible to win.


WATERMARKED IMAGES WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE. This challenge is all about giving – the images may be used by the community organisation with credit to you, but without a watermark. It’s all about helping grassroots organisations to promote themselves with awesome images that they could never afford to pay for. Thanks for using your creativity to make a difference!

Check Terms & Conditions below for all the info on the prizes & entry.