Photography competition: What does truth look like?

Monday, 12 August 2013

The University of Adelaide Law School is calling all amateur and professional photographers to find creative ways to visually capture 'truth' in this year's Images of Justice photography competition.

The competition returns for a second year after it attracted dozens of stunning images representing 'justice' last year.

Professor John Williams, Dean of the University of Adelaide Law School, says the competition provides an opportunity for the community to consider the law, justice and truth in a different light.

"This photographic competition will now be an annual event for the University of Adelaide Law School, providing an opportunity for the University to engage with the broader community in a fun and creative way," Professor Williams says.

"I expect the theme of 'truth' will be another exciting and thought provoking, and provide a platform for discussion within the legal context.

"We all know what truth means but the challenge is finding an accurate way to visually represent its meaning."

University of Adelaide law student, Sarah Ahern, won last year's student category for her photo of Justitia, the Roman goddess of justice, surrounded by rush-hour traffic in Adelaide's CBD.

"The competition is a unique and wonderful opportunity for students, professionals and community members to think critically and creatively about concepts that are fundamental to our way of life but often very difficult to articulate. It's also a great chance for photography enthusiasts like me to have a go at planning, producing and exhibiting a creative piece," Sarah says.

"This year's theme, truth, is a very subjective idea and, as with last year's theme, it might be easier to picture situations where truth is missing than to portray truth directly."

There are three competition categories - student, professional and community - and competitors can submit portraiture, documentary photography, digitally manipulated works or photo essays.

Entries close on 16 September 2013 and the winners will be announced at the Images of Justice Prize Winning Ceremony, which will be held in October 2013 at the University of Adelaide.

Organised with the University's Art and Heritage Collections, the competition and exhibition is supported by law firm Lipman Karas.

For more information about the competition, including prizes, visit


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