2021 - Fleet Base West PHOTO COMPETITION

It’s on again...

The previous 2019 Fleet Base West (FBW) Photo Competition drew many entrants and images, many now on display within FBW.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 competition was not held, however the:

2021 - Fleet Base West PHOTO COMPETITION

Is on again...

Open to all Defence personnel based in Western Australia, Veterans and attached unit personnel.


The aim of the photo competition is to draw on images taken by budding amateur photographers out-and-about that visually describe the Defence, it’s people and assets (stuff).

From the images that can be uploaded, judges will draw on up to 50 ‘Finalists’ to consider the winning images.

The finalists will be displayed for the public to view at an exhibition in Rockingham, Western Australia with an awards evening as the forerunner to the exhibition.

It is intended that the public can be provided a visual ‘snapshot’ of Defence beyond the TV and advertising brochures - what happens - what to do they do - Defence families, whilst allowing budding photographers to visually demonstrate  their skills.


‘The People’

images of Defence personnel, Veterans and Defence related civilians (contractors / SPO’s / recruiting and anyone directly connected to Defence in Western Australia) These images can include people in their workspaces, on-the-job, returning from deployment etc.  Images are to contain some relevance to the Defence space – a uniform / background context, that ‘says’ Defence / Defence support.  


images of the Defence’s environmental connections in Western Australia.  Could be the local flora and fauna, scenery shots within the Defence arena, also aspects of how other Defence assets fit into the local environment spaces.


images of moveable or permanent Defence assets: ships, submarines, boats, tanks, aircraft, army equipment, buildings or structures - equipment that can be photographed artistically.

Relative dates:

  1. 1 June 21 - Competition open for entries 

  2. 31 Oct 19 – 31 Oct 21 (two years) - Entries permitted taken from

  3. 31 Oct 21 – Entries Close

  4. 5 Nov 21 –  Pre-Judging for Finalists (up to 50 total) - LINK to Judges Page

  5. 12 Nov 21 – Printing of the Finalists complete

  6. 15 Nov 21 – 0900-1100 – Photos hung for exhibition at the Gary Holland Centre 

  7. 22 Nov 21 – 1300 – Final Judging at the Gary Holland Centre - LINK to Judges Page

  8. 22 Nov 21 – 1800-2000 – Exhibition Awards Night

  9. 22 – 29 Nov 21 – Exhibition open to Public – ‘People’s Choice’ decided by ballot.

  10. 29 Nov 21 – 1400 – Exhibition completed


  1. 1The Competition is open to all attached to Western Australian Defence personnel, including PNF, attached Defence Personnel, Reservists, Naval Reserve Cadets, Civilians, Veterans and Contractors.

  2. 2Photos must have been taken between 31 Oct 19 and 31 Oct 21. 

  3. 3Care should be taken when photographing at FBW regarding restricted equipment /operational areas.  All photos will be vetted and any images breaching security rules will not be admissible. 

  4. 4Members can enter up to five images.

  5. 5Images should be at least 1 MB in file size.  If the files are too small, the organiser has the authority not to have the images included.

  6. 6Images must be saved and sent as JPEG’s only.  No TIFF, PSD etc files.

  7. 7Images cannot be more than 10 MB (they will not load via the upload form)

  8. 8Images must be entered only via the provided online form.  No files can be supplied to the organisers any other way.

  9. 9Uploaded images may be used to promote, further possible Defence photo competitions. You must agree to this prior to uploading.  Files will not be loaded to any website at more than 1000 pixels and will not used in any other way unless prior consent is sought.

  10. 10Your image(s) may be selected as a finalist.  You agree to them being exhibited in print if so.

  11. 11The best crop ratio is 3x2 - for printing for exhibition.  Square cropped, or cropped to a differing ratio may inhibit their selection as a finalist.

  12. 12Images can be been taken on any digital device - i.e. a mobile phone, tablet, DSLR, compact digital camera etc. 

  13. 13Selection of finalists will be final and no discussion will be entered into.

  14. 14Prizes as supplied must be taken as offered and no further discussion will be entered into.

  15. 15Photos must be free of any logos, names or promotional imagery.

  16. 16Photos must be taken by the author who enters them.

  17. 17Files can be modified as seen fit, but must be identifiable as a photo and the modified content must be of the photographers.

  18. 18Each image must be titled (up to 5 words only) when uploaded.

  19. 19Images must be aligned with the above ‘Themes‘  - you will be asked this when uploading.

  20. 20When people are easily identifiable, you must gain their permission prior to uploading the image(s).  By uploading, we assume this has been done.  Group shots are generally OK.


See all the information about prizes on THIS webpage!

Good Luck!

Organiser: LEUT Kingsley Klau

0417 928 679 / kingsley.klau@defence.gov.au



Image - 2019 Finalist - 2nd Place Winner:

Lincoln Commane

‘Work Place Point’

Image - 2019 Finalist:

Rue Dalit

‘Wave Motion’

Image - 2019 Finalist (and 1st Place Winner):

Katrina Glenn

‘Hugs of Much Worth’

HMAS Stirling Welfare Fund




Image - 2019 Entry

Edward Todd

‘Garden Island Wattle’

Image - 2019 Entry

Cinead Finall

‘Make it So’

Image - 2019 Entry

Jason Smith

‘All to Myself’

Image - 2019 Entry

Lachlan Still