Photography Competition Criteria and Conditions


  • All entries are to be the original work of the entrant and must have been taken at a previous Parkes Elvis Festivals.
  • A limit of six (6) images per individual will be accepted. Each entry will be judged individually.
  • Photographs can be taken in any style or format (black and white or colour).
  • The entrant is deemed to have accepted sole responsibility for ensuring that the work submitted does not infringe on any relevant copyright.
  • All entries are to be available for reproduction and/or publication by the Festival with copyright being retained by the photographer.
  • Successful images printed for the purposes of the competition and exhibition will not be for sale. All printed and mounted images remain the property of Parkes Elvis Festival.
  • The competition is open to the general public. Festival staff and volunteers connected to the judging process are not permitted to enter.
  • Previous Parkes Elvis Festival Photography Competition winning images are not able to be entered.
  • The Festival reserves the right to not to include all images in the competition and exhibition. Photos deemed inappropriate will not be included. 
  • Only photographs taken from areas accessible to the general public and ticket holders will be considered for an award.


  • Independent judges will select a winner and runner-up in the Smartphone category, a winner each in Digital categories (Portrait, Colour and Black & White), an Overall Champion and Overall Highly Commended.
  • Parkes Elvis Festival reserves the right to select the final 80 to 100 images to be considered for the competition and exhibition.
  • Entries in the Smartphone image and Digital Camera image categories will automatically be considered for the Overall Champion and Overall Highly Commended category.
  • Judging will take place prior to the Winners Announcement on the Friday of the festival at 4pm.
  • Judges will consider the following criteria of each image:
    • technical (exposure; depth of field; colour or tonal rendition; contrast; and lighting)
    • visual and aesthetic appeal
    • content (mood; emotion; relevance; subject; impact)
    • general characteristics (originality; style; context; photographic vision)
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


  • Entries in the 2024 Parkes Elvis Festival Photography Competition will be accepted ONLINE ONLY. If this is an issue please contact the Festival on 02 6862 6000 to discuss options.
  • Smartphone images must be supplied at ‘Actual Size’.
  • Digital Camera images must be of high resolution and fit required format 3:2 ratio (portrait or landscape) for printing purposes. Images not in the required 3:2 ratio may not be accepted or cropped during printing. Minimum file size 1MB maximum file size 12MB.
  • Entries open on 29 March 2023.
  • Entries close at 4pm on 2 September 2023.
  • Entrants must follow the following file name protocol when uploading images: ENTRANT’S FIRST INITIAL_ENTRANT’S SURNAME_IMAGE TITLE. Example: E_PRESLEY_’FESTIVAL FUN’
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your entry. If no email is received please contact the Festival at or on 02 6862 6000.