NAIDOC Week photography competition

Published on 17 May 2018

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NAIDOC Week will be celebrated in Melbourne’s west with a photography exhibition that will feature portraits of inspirational local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Community members are called to contribute to the exhibition by taking part in a photo competition that will close on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

The submissions should feature portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who live in the west and highlight their achievements in keeping with this year’s NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) theme ‘Because of her, we can!’

The theme focuses on the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have on our community, our families, our history and our nation as their achievements have empowered past generations and have paved the way for generations to come.

Jacqueline Watkins, Manager of Aboriginal Health Policy and Planning at Western Health, who has worked closely with the western region councils to put the project together, said that NAIDOC Week is her favourite time of year.

“It’s when we all get to celebrate our achievements and showcase them to the wider community. I have lived and worked in the West since arriving in Melbourne 11 years ago, we are such a diverse community and I see so many of our women who work extremely hard, without recognition, to make this a better place to live and work,” Jacqueline said.

Thirty portraits will be chosen from the competition submissions for display as part of the exhibition, which will launch during NAIDOC Week. The photos will then be on display throughout the western region municipalities, and will come to Footscray in 2019.

“I will be proud to recognise these women and recognise the invaluable contributions that they make and the inspiration they give to our young women to become leaders,” Jacqueline continued.


Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of the West Photo Competition

Community members can submit photos of inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who live or work in the west. Photographs should be accompanied by a paragraph about the subject of the photo.

The portraits will be judged by the Weenthunga Health Network, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisation, and 30 submissions will be chosen for display in the exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Download a submission form

The Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of the West Photo Competition is run by Western Health and is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council Brimbank City Council, Moonee Valley Council, Western Region councils and Local Aboriginal Network.


Message from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam

The theme for the annual national week of recognition highlights the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make.

Council is thrilled to be able to support this project, as the competition, and the follow up exhibition, gives us the opportunity to stop, reflect and acknowledge the women who work tirelessly to make the West the best place it can be!

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