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 Food Is Free Laneway 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 September  2016

End Date:  30 September 2016

About the Organisation of the Month: The Food Is Free Laneway Ballarat

Food Is Free Inc. is a grassroots, community led not-for-profit group benefiting all Ballarat citizens with a focus on those experiencing disadvantage and has a core purpose of assisting and promoting food security and community cohesion and inclusion.

Food Is Free Laneway (corner of Ripon St & Warrior Place Ballarat) started on 18th October, 2014 by founder/Director Lou Ridsdale. Inspired by John VanDeusen Edwards (founder of Food Is Free in USA) as well as Ron Finley and other guerrilla gardeners. Food is Free Laneway is a magical space for people to drop off or collect surplus nutritious food (veggies, fruit, herbs etc) for free and connect with the neighbourhood.

Food Is Free Inc. was established in April 2016 when Lou saw a need to create a not for profit from the success of the Laneway and community response.

All Food Is Free projects are run by an amazing group of passionate and committed volunteers and committee members.

Food Is Free Inc. relies on the generosity of the community to sustain itself and gratefully accepts donations no matter how big or small. Help us make a meaningful impact in the Ballarat community by getting involved or donating today!

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.

Food Is Free Winner – Lou & the team behind the Food is Free Laneway Ballarat 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.

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Image Guidelines

Minimum File Size: 1MB*

Maximum File Size: 2MB

Maximum Image Size: 2500px on the longest edge and resolution sized at 300dpi

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



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