Queenslanders have the chance to win $500 prize money for themselves AND $2000 for their favourite charity or cause with entries opening on February 1 for the 2024 Queensland Gives Photo Challenge which aims to capture the spirit of giving and  benefits of philanthropy in all its forms.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Queensland Gives Photo Challenge draws entries from across the state and provides a platform to publicly celebrate the generosity of those who support, build and contribute to their communities.

Queensland Gives Chief Executive Officer Tara Castle said the Photo Challenge was a chance to recognise Queenslanders from all walks of life who tirelessly contribute and support the wider community.

“Philanthropy isn’t just about giving huge amounts of money to a cause – it’s the spirit of giving, volunteering and striving to build stronger communities and improve the lives of others,” Ms Castle said.

“Our state is home to thousands of inspirational people working as volunteers, carers and in charitable organisations who generously give their time and love to help others, and we are looking for images that capture that spirit of care and compassion.

“The Photo Challenge celebrates these unsung heroes and showcases generosity in all its forms. It’s a simple and fun way of showing that you don’t need to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist, and you don’t need to donate huge amounts of money to do good in the world.

“We also hope it inspires even more Queenslanders to think about how they can support the wider community.”

The Queensland Gives 2024 Photo Challenge is proudly supported by The Public Trustee of Queensland, which has supported the organisation since its inception in 1997. Queensland Public Trustee Samay Zhouand said the organisation is proud to act as trustee for a number of philanthropic charitable foundations including Queensland Gives.

“Whether the contribution is big or small, charitable giving and philanthropy can make a real difference in people’s lives and leave a legacy for the future,” he said.

To enter, simply submit a photograph showing an act of giving, kindness or compassion that has taken place in Queensland via the Queensland Gives website www.queenslandgives.org.au/photochallenge

Images can be realistic or conceptual, specific or broad, and can highlight a particular cause or issue. We welcome shots from all ages, amateurs and professionals.  Entries close at midnight AEST on Thursday 29 February 2024.

Submissions will be shared on the Queensland Gives website and social media channels, with entrants encouraged to share their images on their social media pages using the hashtag #2024PhotoChallenge and tagging @QueenslandGives.

The featured image above is the 2023 Photo Challenge winning entry – A Tender Touch by Sarah Grandison. 

This photograph captures a tender moment between father and son. Dr. Stephen is a highly respected GP in Queensland. His dedication to the well-being of others does not end when he leaves his surgery, Dr. Stephen also volunteers his time at an outstanding palliative care facility in the Noosa hinterland where he provides much-needed support to those in need.

He also has a profoundly disabled son who requires full-time care. Despite the challenges that come with caring for a disabled child, Dr. Stephen is always there for his son and understands that raising a child with special needs is not easy, but he also knows that the love and care he provides are essential for his son’s well-being. Dr. Stephen is a highly respected doctor who has dedicated his life to helping others and his care and support of others has earned him the respect and admiration of his community.