Your Best Shot

Your Best Shot is a photo competition open to Australian residents. There's a different theme every couple of months, and a selection of the winning shots will be published in AP mag and online. 

Each issue, AP's Editor Mike O'Connor will choose six images to be published both in print and online, with both a winner and a runner-up selected. Our winner will also receive an amazing prize thanks to Blonde Robot, the Australasian distributors of Peak Design, 3 Legged Thing, and Angelbird.

How to enter

To enter, email your entry to with the name of the competition theme in the email subject line, for example: Flight, Framing, Water, etc. You can see a list of the 2024 themes below. 

The image file must be the same as your name, for example Jane Smith.jpg. If you enter multiple images, each new image file name should be appended with a unique number, eg Jane Smith2.jpg. A maximum of three images can be entered per person.

Images must be in JPEG format, and your email size must not exceed 7MB.

In addition, please include the following information about your entry in the body of your email: Name, image title and up to 200 words explaining how you created your image. Please also include technical details including camera, lens, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, tripod (if used) and a brief summary of any software edits.

Upcoming themes for 2024/25


Deadline: 31 July 2024

Shortlist published in October/November 2024 issue of AP.


Deadline: 30 September 2024

Shortlist published in December/January 2025 issue of AP.


Deadline: 31 October 2024

Shortlist published in The Annual 2025 issue of AP (Feb 2025).


Deadline: 30 November 2024

Shortlist published in the Feb/March 2025 issue of AP.


Deadline: 15 January 2025

Shortlist published in the April/May 2025 issue of AP.

Image requirements

Images must be saved in JPEG format.

Ideal image size is between 30 and 42cm (on the longest side) at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi).

A JPEG compression of 9/12 (or 75%) will keep images to an acceptable email size without noticeably reducing image quality.

Conditions of entry

To enter, you must be an Australian resident or citizen with an Australian mailing address.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Employees of Yaffa Media (and freelance contributors) are not eligible to win the prize.

Submitted images must have been taken no more than 24 months before the competition deadline.

The prize is subject to change without notification.

You must have an Australian street address to be eligible to win the prize.

You retain copyright of your images. By entering, you grant Yaffa Media a limited-use licence to publish your image in Australian Photography, at, on Australian Photography's social media channels (including Facebook and Instagram) and in the Australian Photography email newsletter and other media for the purposes of promoting the Your Best Shot competition.