BBSF 2019 Photography Competition

Photo By Craig Parry

Photo By Craig Parry

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2019  is calling on all keen photographers from aspiring grommets and hobbyists to seasoned pros, to show your personal take on this year’s festival theme;

Connection: Surfer, Ocean, Environment
‘What connects you to the sea’?


Show us this with your best photo! This is an all ages event with 3 categories:
Grommets (13 and under), Hobbyist (not a paid photographer), and Professional (engages in any paid/compensated work in the field of photography).

Of these entries, a short list of 10 per category will be chosen by guest judges a couple of Byron’s very own photography professionals, Craig Parry and Ming NomChong, along with BBSF founder James McMillan. The shortlist along with the winners, will be unveiled and exhibited at the festival Thursday Feb 21 at Mctavish Outpost Store 29 Fletcher St Byron Bay. The winners and shortlisters will hang for the duration of the festival and until March 17. All works will be for sale and incur a 45% commission.

Prizes awarded to 1st place in each category


  • You must correctly nominate your category: Grommet, Hobbyist, Pro

  • You can entry as many photographs as you’d like.

  • All entries to be uploaded to Instagram starting January 18th till February 4th 2019

  • Using the hashtags #bbsfphotocomp19 #byronbaysurffestival + tag @byronbaysurffestival and two friends and make sure to follow us!

  • Short listed applicants and winners will be contacted February 8th 2019 via instagram DM  and asked to supply hard copy of image to the McTavish store from February 10th to Friday February 15th 2019. Image to be printed on A3. 300 gsm white card with a 20mm white border on each side (nothing different from this will be accepted)

  • Photographer retains copyright and ownership of their image

  • Shortlisted applicants to provide 30 words or less about the image, and its relevance to the theme of “Connection”

  • Winners to be announced Feb 21st 5:30 - 7pm Mctavish Outpost store


Workshop with Professional Photographer Craig Parry. Valued at $660 this awesome pack includes a photoshoot swim at The Pass Byron Bay with Craig, all equipment supplied, plus a 2 hour intensive on bettering your photographic skills!


  • No images are to be aligned or affiliated with any brands or sponsorship

  • Images are to have been taken within 12 months of application, and should not have been shown in any other public setting

  • Images are to be strictly created and owned by the entrant alone

  • Open to Australian residents only

  • Photographer allows BBSF to use image for professional use up until February 202