Coal Loader Photography Competition

The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is a historic multi-use site operated by North Sydney Council.

As an adaptive re-use project, The Coal Loader incorporates many themes including history and sustainability.


The Coal Loader Photography Competition aims to celebrate those themes with a public photo competition across multiple categories: 

  • History 
    From its important Aboriginal cultural uses to its industrial heritage, The Coal Loader has many layers of history to explore.

  • Environmental Sustainability
    As North Sydney’s premier sustainability venue the site’s adaptive re-use has an intrinsic focus on the environmental aspects that affect us all.

  • Native Plants & Animals
    Situated within Balls Head, in one of Sydney’s greenest suburbs, native Australian flora and fauna are celebrated here.

  • Landscape
    With its stunning harbour views and adaptive re-use of an ex-industrial site The Coal Loader has a unique landscape with many hidden treasures.

  • People
    As public parkland and events venue the community are at the heart of what happens here and this category celebrates the human interactions that take place.

There is also wild-card category for a winning image that captures several of these themes, or a unique take on the Coal Loader site.

The competition is open to all, amateurs and professionals alike.

The winner will be announced by Friday 17 December 2021 here and on The Coal Loader Instagram and Facebook pages. 


How to Enter

To enter on Facebook, simply like us @coalloader and then add a photo as a comment response to the competition pinned post on The Coal Loader page, telling us where you’ve taken it and use the hashtag #TheCoalLoader.

To enter on Instagram, simply follow @thecoalloader and post a photo taken at The Coal Loader, tell us something about your photo and use the hashtag #TheCoalLoader. Remember your Instagram account must be public for us to see your entry.

To enter online head to and complete the short form and upload your photo. We will share a selection of these photos on social media during the competition.



The prizes awarded for each category are as follows:

  • History - a private tour of The MV Cape Don for up a group of up to 6 people.

  • Environmental Sustainability - a one-year membership to The Sydney Library of Things.

  • Native Plants & Animals - a private kayak tour around The Coal Loader from Sydney by Kayak.

  • Landscape - a $100 voucher for The Coal Loader Café.

  • People - a $100 voucher for The Coal Loader Café.

  • Wild-card - a $100 voucher for The Coal Loader Artisans Market.


Terms and Conditions

The promoter of this Competition is the North Sydney Council (the "Promoter") (ABN 32 353 260 317), 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, 2060.

Competition opens at 9am AEST on Monday 18 October, 2021 and closes at 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 12 December, 2021. Any entry received after the expiry of the Competition Period will be deemed invalid. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, delayed or misdirected entries.

The winner will be announced by Friday 17 December on The Coal Loader Instagram and Facebook pages. 

Photos must be taken in or of The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability by the entrant to be eligible to win. Temporary photos posted in Instagram or Facebook stories cannot be considered.

Individuals may enter the competition more than once.

Entry to the Competition is open to all Australian residents. An entrant must be an individual and not a company or organisation. Entrants under 18 years of age must have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter. Employees of the Promoter or any person associated with the Competition, or any organisation or individual associated with the provision of the prize(s) are eligible to enter but ineligible for prizes. Prizes will not be awarded to Councillors, Council staff and their immediate families including spouse, de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the employee’s spouse or de facto partner. 

The winning photos for each theme will be chosen based on impact, creativity, composition and subject. Entries with offensive or dangerous content will not be considered. The judges reserve the right to not award a winner in a particular prize category if no suitable entry is submitted. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Entry into the Competition is free. The vouchers/prizes are not redeemable for cash. In the event that a prize cannot be used, no alternative can be offered. In the event that a prize winner is unable to be contacted, North Sydney Council will retain the prize for two (2) months from the date of the judges' decision. If any prize is not claimed within two (2) months of the date of the judges' decision, the judges may determine another winner for the unclaimed prize. A winner of any unclaimed prize will be the prize winner for the purpose of these Terms and Conditions.

By submitting your entry you grant North Sydney Council a non-exclusive licence to continue to use the submitted image on Council media with credit to the photographer.

Each entry must be entered in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. By entering the Competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. The Promoter may in its discretion refuse to award any prize to any entrant who fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions. All relevant instructions on the Promoter's website form part of these Terms and Conditions.


By entering this competition, you warrant that:

(i) all details provided with your entry are true and accurate;

(ii) you have all necessary rights and licenses to grant the rights set out in these Terms and Conditions;
(iii) the Photo is an original work;

(iv) you are the copyright owner or authorised licensor of all copyright works and subject matter comprising the Photo;

(v) the exercise of the rights granted to the Promoter in these Terms and Conditions will not infringe the rights of any third parties; and you will indemnify the Promoter against any loss or damage resulting from any breach of these warranties.


You agree that the Promoter may use your entry and any personal details provided to the Promoter for any promotional, marketing and publicity purposes of the Promoter in any media without notice and without any fee paid to you.

If there is any event that prevents or hinders the Promoter's conduct of the Competition or the Promoter's ability to deliver the prizes to the prize winners, the Promoter may, in its discretion, cancel the Competition and recommence it at another time under the same conditions or select another winner.

The Promoter is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, or for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this Competition, or for any technical error that may occur in the course of the administration of this Competition. The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alteration of entries.

To the full extent permitted by the law, the Promoter will not be liable for any injury, damages, expenses, or loss whatsoever (whether direct or inconsequential) to persons or property as a result of any person entering into the Competition or accepting or using any prize, including without limitation non-receipt of any prize or damage to any prize in transit.

Posted on 15 October 2021

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