Photo Comp.

Water is one of our most precious resources. It keeps us healthy, nurtures our plants and sustains our wildlife. At Icon Water we think it’s time to celebrate the value of water in our everyday life, so we joined forces with Floriade to run a photo comp! 

Entries closed on 31st November 2020.

We are truly amazed at the quality and diversity of images you all submitted into our Photo Comp. We're thankful for all the hard-work and creativity that went into capturing each photo! 

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Each photo submitted aligned with one of the following themes: 

1. Water - our most precious resource 
2. Water - the environment and/or animals 
3. Floriade blooms in Canberra. 

Prize Categories


Major Prize - $2,000

Awarded to the best overall photo, as determined by the judging panel, which relates to one or more of the themes.



'Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve on a Clear spring night' by Matt Tomkins.




Best Over 18s Photo - $1,000


Awarded to the best over 18s photo, as determined by the judging panel, which relates to one or more of the themes.



'Early morning fog droplets' by Paul Bainton.



Best Under 18s Photo - $1,000


Awarded to the best under 18s photo, as determined by the judging panel, which relates to one or more of the themes.


'Controlling' by Matt Kosec



People’s Choice Award - $1000


The shortlisted photograph with the most likes, comments and shares on our instagram page @iconwater will win People’s Choice!


Voting closed: 9am, 17 November 2020



‘Survival’ by Bunsong Sy



 Important Rules

1. Entrants must be current residents of the ACT or Queanbeyan-Palerang Region.
2. Entries must be submitted through the entry form available on Icon Water’s website.
3. Entrants can submit a maximum of three images.
4. All images must align with one of the three  themes. 

For a full outline of the competition’s rules please see our Terms and Conditions

Meet our Judges

Vickii Cotter 
Vickii Cotter is the Executive Producer of Floriade Reimagined. With over 15 years of festival and event experience at an executive level, Vickii has produced and delivered large scale events including Floriade, Enlighten Festival, Canberra Writers Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Bluesfest Byron Bay, Vivid Sydney and Breakfast on the Bridge. 


Photo credit: Tracy Lee

Hilary Wardhaugh 
Hilary Wardhaugh is a long-time career professional photographer based in the Queanbeyan Canberra region. She is a portrait and editorial photographer specialist, a mentor and a volunteer photographer for Heartfelt. During the last 25 years she has created, curated and project managed many community projects, group exhibitions and photography events. She has judged many professional and enthusiast level competitions at a national and state level and is an avid contributor to the photographic industry over two decades.


Dr Kit Devine 
Dr Kit Devine coded her first animation at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in 1984. She has spent nearly 20 years working in Sydney, London and LA as an animator and effects artist for film and tv projects during which she won a number of Australian and international awards. Before joining the Photography and Media Arts department of the ANU School of Art and Design she taught 3D animation and visual effects at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School for 5 years. She currently teaches video, animation, digital visual effects and immersive media. She was awarded her doctorate in 2016 and her research area is Heritage Visualisation. 


Ray Hezkial  
Ray Hezkial joined Icon Water in 2003 and commenced as acting Chief Executive Officer in October 2018 and was appointed as Managing Director in November 2018. His role as Managing Director was confirmed in April 2019. In his previous role as General Manager, Infrastructure Services, Mr Hezkial was responsible for managing Icon Water’s capital works program, provision of network operations and all aspects of day to day maintenance relating to the ACT’s water and sewer reticulation systems. Prior to this, Mr Hezkial was the Project Manager for the Enlarged Cotter Dam. 

Follow the links below to find watery inspiration!

Did you Know?

A Leaking tap can waste 30-200 Litres of water per day!


Saving Water in the Home

Did you Know?

Less frequent watering helps your plants to better withstand hot, dry days!

Saving Water in the Garden

Did you Know?

Canberra has rules for using water sensibly, in your home, garden or business.

Permanent Water
Conservation Measures