Five iconic images of kindness, giving and generosity in action from across the state have been selected as finalists in Queensland Gives’ annual photography competition focused on inspiring greater levels of kindness and giving in our state. The challenge is proudly sponsored by the Public Trustee of Queensland

The finalist photographs were taken in Mount Isa, Dalby, Townsville, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with each now having been assessed by this year’s judging panel.

Queensland Gives CEO Tara Castle said this year’s judges had a real challenge before them, having to choose one ultimate winner from a quality field of hundreds of entries.

“It was a very difficult task to choose just five finalist photos, each of which has a compelling backstory and captures the essence of philanthropy, kindness and giving.”

Finalists in this year’s awards are:
Richie’s Bake Sale – submitted by Liz Calligeros – photographed in Brisbane
Nourishing Our Country – submitted by Marika Mammen-Appiah – photographed on Gold Coast
The G Code – submitted by Benjamin Knight – photographed in Mount Isa
Chat with the Old Man – submitted by Katie Robertson – photographed in Dalby
Generational Kindness- submitted by Matt Taylor – photographed in Townsville

The 2024 Queensland Gives Photo Challenge winner will be announced at the official launch of 2024 Queensland Philanthropy Week, hosted by Speaker of the House The Honourable Curtis Pitt MP , at Parliament House on Monday 3 June. The winner will receive a $2000 donation for their favourite charity along with $500 individual prizemoney.

All finalists’ photographs will be part of a travelling roadshow hosted across a number of corporate offices in Brisbane.

The 2024 Queensland Gives photo challenge judging panel comprises:
·      Christine Ahern – Walkley award winning journalist with the Nine Network
·      Ken Duncan OAM – Golden Tripod Award winning photographer
·      Melanie Pilling – Deputy Editor, The Courier-Mail Mail
·      Melissa Rogers – Director, Independent Services and the Customer Advocate, Queensland Public Trustee
·      Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner – Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
·      Colleen Silvester – Deputy CEO, Volunteering Queensland

Ms Ahern’s involvement is particularly special, with her father former Premier Mike Ahern AO establishing the Queensland Community Foundation in 1997 upon his retirement from political life.

The 2024 Queensland Gives Photo Challenge is proudly supported by the Queensland Public Trustee, which has supported the charitable trust since its creation in 1997.