Urban Futures 2021 Photo Competition

Show us your photo of urban spaces near you where cities and nature collide and how it has benefitted your neighbourhood for a chance to win up to $500.

2020 showed us how crucial the role of nature is to the future of our cities and their health – and the role of urban greening in all of its forms is proving more and more important to our health and wellbeing.

We need more urban places and spaces for cities and nature to collide and benefit us all.

The RMIT Urban Futures 2021 Photo Competition invites entries from Victorian school students in Years 9-12 that show the beneficial role of nature in our cities and neighbourhoods. 

How to enter

Post your photo on Instagram and caption your photo explaining the role of nature in your urban space and how it benefits our cities and neighbourhoods. 

Follow and tag @RMITCUR using the hashtag #CitiesNatureCollide.

Who can enter

The competition is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 Victorian secondary school students over the age of 16 only.

Prize details

Winner: Urban Futures Award, $500 and offer of one week work experience with a planner at Villawood Properties.

Second Place: Urban Futures Award and $300

Third: Urban Futures Award and $200

ENTRIES DATE EXTENDED TO 11:59pm Sunday 31 October 2021.

Interested in urban planning and environment as a career?

Terms and Conditions

Eligible entries
Entrants must be currently studying year 10, 11 or 12 VCE or IB (in Victoria) in 2021 and must be at least 16 years old.

Entrants may enter multiple times, however, each individual entrant is only eligible to win once.

Staff of RMIT & their immediate family may not enter the Competition. “Immediate family” means mum, dad, brother, sister, step-parent, or step-sibling.

Entry method
Submit your Entry via Instagram with a caption (100 words max) explaining how your photo addresses the role of nature in our cities. Entrants will need to:

  • change their profile to public (for the image to be visible to judges);
  • follow the RMIT Centre for Urban Research (CUR) Instagram account;
  • tag the RMIT Centre for Urban Research (CUR) Instagram handle @RMITCUR; and
  • use the hashtag #CitiesNatureCollide.

How to win
Judging will occur after Entries close. The winning Entry/Entries, as determined by the judges who are representatives of RMIT, will each win the Prize/s specified above. The winners will be determined by the skill & creative merit in entries. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. The judges’ decision is final & binding & no correspondence will be entered into. If there is an unclaimed prize or invalid entry, we may in our discretion assign the Prize to the Entry judged the next best, conduct a further judging to award the prize, or withdraw the prize unawarded. We are under no obligation to award any unclaimed prize.

Winner notification & Prize collection
Winners will be contacted by direct message via Instagram within 14 days of judging and must provide a correct e-mail address within 14 days of being contacted.

Winners will also be published via our social media accounts. The prizes will be arranged via email.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Instagram. By entering this promotion, you agree to release Instagram from any loss or damage you suffer from your entry into this promotion.

  1. This Competition
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  2. Prizes
    1. We may refuse to allow a winner to take part in any part of a Prize if we determine in our discretion that a winner is not in the physical or mental condition necessary to be able to safely participate in or accept the Prize. It is a condition of accepting the Prize that a winner may be required to sign a legal release as determined by us in our discretion prior to receiving the Prize. Prizes are not transferrable.
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    1. All RMIT’s policies as well as those otherwise published on our websites apply to your conduct during the Competition, including your activities on relevant social media. Depending on its nature, if you engage in behaviour which is not acceptable, we may give you a warning, or disqualify you. If the behaviour is captured by another university policy, you may also be dealt with under that policy.
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