Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition NOW OPEN
















The Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition is a short film, photography and writing competition run specifically for South Australians during the Anzac Centenary.

The Anzac Centenary (2014-2018) is Australia’s most important time of national commemoration and reflection. This period marks 100 years since our involvement in the First World War. The Anzac Centenary aims to honour the sacrifice and service of all who have served from the original ANZACS on the shores of Gallipoli, up to the service men and women currently serving at home and abroad.

This period recognises the generations of Australian men and women who have defended our values and freedoms in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.

The Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition invites photographers, videographers, writers and poets to contribute during this time of national reflection.

Official First World War historian C.E.W. Bean once wrote that the Spirit of ANZAC “stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship and endurance that will never own defeat.”

The ANZAC themes are known as: compassion, courage, duty, integrity, mateship, resilience, teamwork and toughness.

The Anzac Centenary Reflections Competitions is looking for entries that reflect some or all of these themes in a creative, engaging and impacting way through the medium of film, photography, short story and poetry.

The creative entries should underpin an overall theme of commemoration, reflection and honour, paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This competition also provides entrants an opportunity to have their work featured on the Anzac Centenary website and to be included in the state’s time capsule project as part of the states commemoration of the Anzac Centenary.

A $500 voucher will be awarded for each category. The writing category will have two $250 prizes awarded for creative writing and poetry respectively.

One major prize of a trip for two to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be awarded to an overall winner from any category judged to be the highest merit and best explores issues and themes related to the ANZAC Centenary.


Short Film – $500 store voucher

Photography – $500 store voucher

Creative Writing/Poetry – 2 x $250 store voucher

Grand Prize

A grand prize of a trip for two to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be offered to an overall outstanding entry from either of the three categories. This entry does not need to win its category to be awarded the overall prize.

Flights will be offered as return flights from Adelaide and will include two nights’ accommodation. The winner will also be asked to write a Think Piece of their trip to the Australian War Memorial to be featured on the Anzac Centenary Website.

*All winners will be required to receive their prize at a reception in February 2018*

Open to:

All South Australian residents aged 15 years +

Competition opens:

Monday 11 September, 2017

Entries Close:

Saturday 11 November, 2017

For further information contact: or call 8226 8543

Before entering please read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Anzac Centenary Reflections Competition Categories

Up to 5 minutes duration
Prize – $500 voucher

South Australian residents are invited to create a short film that examines what the First World War and a Century of Service means to you, your family or your community. Entries could be anything from a creative short film, interview with a veteran or family member, or a combination of both.

How to submit your entry:

Step 1    
Fill in the online entry form HERE and read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Step 2
Upload your film submission to You Tube (categorize as unlisted and provide the link)

Please note:   During the Anzac Centenary, Veterans SA conducted a regional engagement project called the Cheer-Up Hut. In partnership with Illuminart, veterans and their families were interviewed across South Australia. For this category, film makers can chose to use some of this footage as part of their submission. For more information contact Veterans SA on 8226 8543 or email

One film per entry.  Maximum of 5 minutes duration.

A maximum of three photos per entry
Prize – $500 voucher

We are looking for an image that encapsulates the Anzac Centenary. One that resonates and tells a story about what the Anzac Centenary or a century of service means. The image can be colour, black and white or sepia.

It can be a portrait of a relative who served, a memorial or anything else that represents the Anzac Centenary.

How to submit your entry:

Step 1    
Fill in the online entry form HERE and read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Step 2 
Upload your images (maximum of three photographs per entry)

Short story 2,000 words/poetry 60 lines
Prize – $250 voucher for short story, $250 voucher for poetry

Many books and articles have been written about the sacrifice and bravery of those who have served over the last 100 years. In this category we are looking for creative pieces that tell a story of a soldier, nurse or a home front story.

This category is split up into two creative writing sub categories. Prose (1000 – 2000 words) and poetry (60 lines) with a $250 voucher awarded to both.

How to submit your entry:

Step 1    
Fill in the online entry form HERE and read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Step 2
Upload your Word document.

Information and Guidelines Specific to writing category

Story length is a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2000 words (not including story title). Stories outside the word limit will not be accepted.

Work must be submitted in a Word document of Arial or Times New Roman 12pt font, with double spacing. Must also include a title page containing title of the story, name, address, and contact information.

Pay attention to detail and consistency and accuracy with formatting, punctuation and spelling. These factors will be taken into consideration when choosing the successful entrants.

The story must be related to the Anzac Centenary and address the themes as listed in the competition details above.

All stories submitted must be original work and not previously published. However, work that has been published on your own blog or website will be accepted. Work that has won other competitions will not be accepted.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify immediately should the entry be published elsewhere, or if it is acknowledged as a winning, runner up, or highly commended entry by another writing competition.