Photo Contest

Photo Contest

Join us at the festival to showcase your photography talents, embrace the incredible diversity and multiculturalism that Melbourne has to offer and be in the running for amazing prizes!


The 2021 Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival celebrates Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith community and is committed to building social harmony among our cultural diversity. Last year, the inaugural Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival photo contest offers a total prize pool up to $1,300

  • First Place – $600
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $150
  • Runners Up – $50 (5 winners)

How To Enter ?

  1. SNAP 2021 Buddha’s Day Multicultural Festival from your lenses
  2. FOLLOW our instagram @bdmf.melb

  3. TAG us @bdmf.melb

  4. CAPTION with hashtag #BDMFphotocontest

  5. SHARE to win!

  • The entry period begins 6:00 pm Friday 14th May 2021 and ends at 6:00 pm Wednesday 19th May 2021
  • 30 shortlisted winners will be contacted through Instagram direct message on Friday 21st May 2021
  • Final winners will be publicly announced on the Festival social media channels on 31st May 2021
  • For participants below the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must authorise and sign the consent form below, which is to be emailed to within the Entry Period.

Terms & Conditions

  • BLIA Vic, on behalf of IBCV and FGS Melbourne (individually and collectively, the Organiser).
  • The Photo Contest(“Photo Contest”) is open to all, however Employees of the Organisers are not eligible to enter the Photo Contest.
  • It aims to celebrate Openness and Consensus within our multicultural multi-faith society and committed to building social harmony among our cultural diverse community
  • Entry to the Photo Contest is free.
  • Participant who under the age of 18 must be authorised and signed by a parent and or legal guardian using the entry consent form available at The signed consent form is to be emailed to within the Entry Period.
  • The entry period begins 6:00pm Friday 14th May 2021 and ends at 6:00pm Wednesday 19th May 2021.
  • Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.
  • Organiser’s Instagram account is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.
  • The Organisers will notify winners directly via Instagram message.
  • 30 shortlisted winners per category will be contacted through Instagram direct message on Friday 21st May 2021.
  • Final winners will be publically announced on the Festival website and social media channels on Monday 31st May 2021.
  • The prizes will be awarded at BDMF Appreciation Dinner which will be held in June 2021 at Yarraville temple.
  • All participants have to follow @bdmf.melb on Instagram and post photographs taken at the 2020 Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival.
  • All uploaded images must tag @bdmf.melb with hashtag #BDMFphotocontest
  • Account must not be private to allow Organisers to access Instagram photos.
  • There is no limit to how many photos you may enter.
  • Only images uploaded through the Festival Instagram account will be judged.
  • Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevant to multicultural and multifaith societies.
  • Judging will be conducted by a panel of IBCV Superintendents and guest judges (the Panel). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries under the following prizes:
  1. First Place – One (1) winner
    • $600 prepaid money gift card
    • And mention in all Organiser’s social media and Official Festival website
  1. Second Place – One (1) winner
    • $300 prepaid money gift card
    • And mention in the Organiser’s social media and Official Festival website
  1. Third Place – One (1) winner
    • $150 prepaid money gift card
    • And mention in the Organiser’s social media and Official Festival website
  1. Runners Up – Five (5) winners
    • $50 prepaid money gift card
    • And mention in the Organiser’s social media

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

  1. Where an entry includes a photograph clearly depicting a person/s under 18 the entrant must provide a copy of a privacy consent form available at signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor. The signed consent form is to be emailed to  within the Entry Period.
  2. Photographs must:
    • be taken at the Festival and within the confines of Federation Square;
    • not contain any content that (i) is sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory, profane or pornographic, involves nudity, promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons; (ii) promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; (iii) promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; (iv) defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about the Organisers or Sponsors (v) or violates any law.
  1. All image details are final at the time of submission of an entry. Entrants are unable to make edits to an image once an entry has been submitted. No writing or text on any images is preferred.
  2. Entrants are required to retain a copy of any photographs submitted online in the highest resolution possible.

By entering this competition, all entrants:

  1. Consent to the Organisers and Sponsors using, editing or modifying their photograph(s) to appear in the Organisers or Sponsors promotional material at no cost;
  2. warrant that photographs submitted are an original work that does not infringe on the copyright, trademark, intellectual property or moral rights of any third party;
    • warrant that they have obtained all necessary consents to the use of the photograph(s) required by these rules bona fide;

Organiser shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

  • Organiser reserves the right to reject any entries that do not comply with these Official Rules.
  • By entering, you unconditionally agree to, and accept, these Official Rules and Organiser’s decisions, which are final and binding.
  • You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

The guest judges on the Panel will include:


Jan Nowell is the Founder and Executive Creative Director at Arterial Design, change agents for storytelling via experiential and cultural installations and exhibitions the world over.
Jan is the Creative Director at Arterial Design. With Jan at the helm, most recently in 2019 and 2020 Arterial Design was acknowledged for award winning work on the international stage including Excellence in Interior Design, Art Installations, Architecture, Spacial Design, Exhibition Design and Visual Communications by DNA Paris Awards, AIAP Women in Design Awards Italy, MUSE Design Awards USA, Gold and Silver at the C2A Creative Communication Awards, German Design Awards, London Creatives Award, two categories at the AGDA winners awards and the Gold Award for Best Design in Architecture and Interior.

Jan’s background in theatre-design, film-making, photography and academia combined with a love of new technologies, define her storytelling style. She describes her approach as creating a symphony of sound, light, image and movement where the mood, tone and pace of all sensory elements work in harmony to create an evocative and enduring visitor experience. She is committed to connecting ideas with people and moving her audience beyond the expectations of passive engagement. Jan says, “To bring ideas-that-matter to life, to touch our audiences through sensory immersion is my commitment to making the world a better place.

Jan has held a number of important leadership roles including successful tenures as Lecturer for Monash University, Deakin University and Ballarat University. Her passion for visual language and design has seen her 30 year career span creative development of placemaking and playmaking; inviting community spaces that resonate with long lasting learning. As Director of Arterial, Jan see her role as a mentor of young designers and teaches the true value of healthy collaborations in creating inspiring and imaginative spaces that have the potential to exceed the imagination.

Jan is a passionate advocate for maintaining strong and critically-collaborative relationships between architecture, building production and experience design of spaces and places in which we play, learn and be inspired to dream bold futures.


Luis Chiang was born in Macau in 1967 and migrated to Australia in 1985. Luis and his family lived with a retired farmer in Deniliquin NSW, where he learnt his woodworking and metalworking skill in the shed of the farmhouse.

After completing high school, Luis moved to Melbourne to commence studies at RMIT majoring in art and photography. Luis founded an advertising company in Melbourne CBD since 1992, and has been commissioned by Australia Post and Macau Post for stamp design for 12 years.

His first oblique penholder was created in early 2015 for his girlfriend who is a calligrapher and ever since then he fell in love making it. He started his business as Luis Creations creating and selling his pen holders globally.

The exceptional quality and shiny finish of his handmade penholders has made him known to the calligraphy world. His penholders are modern and simple, yet elegant.

Luis enjoys making his own custom pen blanks, with his signature at a time, the Sakura remaining one of the most well loved penholders.

He only take custom orders a few times a year, so you will have to keep an eye out on his IG, Facebook and website for when these open.

Apart from making penholders, he designed the Soap, the first ever ink stirrer for calligraphers which has now been used by both professional and novice calligraphers all over the world.

Furthermore, in response to increasing market demand for quality yet affordable penholders, he released a 2 in 1 straight and oblique penholder with a secret compartment built into its body; the Mobllque.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Organisers a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on any websites operated by our government sponsors (City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Federation Square), and on our Organiser’s websites including;;;
  • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use the photograph in Organiser’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services and annual report.
  • Supply your photograph to Sponsors for their use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, annual reports, videos, etc.

We will endeavour to credit all photographs with the photographer’s name when possible.


  • Photographs s may be edited, amended and/or collated by the Organisers and their Sponsors
  • Submission may be displayed by the Organisers and their Sponsors online including (without limitation) social media and broadcast media channels.



  • By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Organiser, their officers, employees, agents, affiliates, (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorised human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; (f) incomplete or misdirected entries; (g) injury or damage to persons or property; or (h) technical or network malfunctions or failures. You waive the right to claim any legal fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.



  • If the operation, security or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, the Organiser may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.
  • The Organiser reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner.
  • Organiser’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  • Proof of sending any communication to Organiser by email or mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Organiser.



When you enter, you will automatically become an e-supporter of the Organisers. This includes special event invitations, digital messages, text and a monthly e-newsletter. You may cancel and unsubscribe at any time.



Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with the Privacy Policy posted on the Festival’s website ( Except where prohibited, you consent to Organiser’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.



Questions and inquiries about these rules can be emailed to