Young imagination shines a light on little Sydney

City of Sydney

The solar system reimagined, a stunning waterfall and a discarded shopping trolley are among the images shortlisted for the yearly Little Sydney Lives photography competition.

Children aged 3 to 12 years old across Sydney have entered their photographs of siblings, nature, wildlife and their community in the City of Sydney contest.

A panel of judges comprising renowned photographer Matthew Abbott, Awesome Black’s Travis De Vries, documentary photographer Sandy Edwards, and photographer Liz Ham, carefully whittled down more than 160 entries to choose the final 20.

For the first time, all finalist images will feature in an exhibition, curated by photographer Sandy Edwards, on level 2 of Customs House, Circular Quay from 14 September to 8 October.

Each photograph and its story will also be shown in our virtual Little Sydney Lives online exhibition.

Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said the Little Sydney Lives exhibition was a special competition that celebrated the unfiltered imagination of our youngest residents.

“Children bring a unique perspective to this exhibition, their images are inspiring and joyful, and I am delighted to share them with everyone,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s fantastic to see creativity on display once more as they take us on a tour of their Sydney through these wonderful images.’

The finalists aged 3 to 7 are:

  • Thomas Meyer, Girraween
  • Massimo Morara Tabbo, Sydney
  • Ezra Bor, Ultimo
  • Clara Frey-Willems, Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Carter Chetty, North Kellyville
  • Nicholas Yeo, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Brody Taylor, Coogee
  • Pina Macedone, Erskineville
  • Frankie Macedone, Erskineville
  • Amelia Macdonald, Richmond

The finalists aged 8 to 12 are:

  • Aria Macedone-Hunt, Erskineville
  • Elliot Jerome Rien, Fern Valley Ranch
  • Isabella Mereau, Hyde Park
  • Josephine Maddock, Tamarama
  • Oliver Benjamin Deitz, Balmoral
  • Bethany Whiting, Earlwood
  • Charlie Whiting, Earlwood
  • Orson Ferris, Circular Quay
  • Mitchell Holt, Darling Harbour
  • Cameron Lee, Hyde Park

“Colourful, quirky, and creative, this year’s selection for Little Sydney Lives will delight audiences as always,” exhibition curator Sandy Edwards said.

“Little Sydney Lives lets budding photographers explore their developing creativity and encourages them to allow others to see the world as they do.”

Winners in each age category will be announced at the exhibition’s opening on 14 September. Each winner will be awarded $500 in photography equipment.

Australian Life is part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program, presenting events and temporary art projects in unusual spaces throughout the city.

More details on the Little Sydney Lives finalists and Art & About are available at

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