2024 Need a Lift? Youth Photography Competition

Next date: Friday, 19 July 2024 | 12:00 AM to Sunday, 11 August 2024 | 11:59 PM

Beach sunrise - Need a Lift? 2023

The Need a Lift? Youth Photography Competition is back in 2024.  To celebrate positive mental health, we're asking you to capture a photo of something uplifting, positive or joyful in your life or community. Selected photos will be showcased in the elevators of Health & Council facilities and on social media during Mental Health Month in October.

Key Dates

Photography Submissions: 

  • Monday 1 July 2024 - Sunday 11 August 2024 

People's Choice Voting: 

  • Tuesday 1 October 2024 - Thursday 31 October 2024


All winners will be invited to attend a free Advanced Photography Workshop. In addition, winners will receive Mastercard Gift Cards. 

Overall Winner: $350 Mastercard Gift Cards

Runner-up: $250 

People's Choice Award: $250 

Age Category Winners: 

  • 12 - 15 years: $150 
  • 16 - 18 years: $150 
  • 19 - 24 years: $150 


People's Choice Award

In the month of October, the People's Choice Competition will take place. All eligible entries will be displayed on PollUnit for voting. The People's Choice winner will receive a $250 Mastercard Gift Card and an invitation to the Advanced Photography Workshop. The link for people's choice voting will be added here at the beginning of October. 

Be sure to tell all your friends and family to vote in the People's Choice Competition in October for Mental Health Month!

Who Can Enter

This competition is open to young people aged 12 - 24 who live, work, or study in the Northern Sydney region.

How to Enter

Click the link above to submit your photo. When you submit your photo, please also explain why the photo is uplifting.


The 2024 Need a Lift? Youth Photography Competition is organised by the following organisations: Northern Sydney Local Health District School-Link Program, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, headspace Brookvale, headspace Chatswood, Ku-ring-gai Council, City of Ryde, North Sydney Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Council, Northern Beaches Council, Willoughby Council, Macquarie University Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community Drug Action Team.


  • Monday, 01 July 2024 | 12:00 AM - Sunday, 11 August 2024 | 11:59 PM
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