Faces of Australian Cotton photo comp

The Faces of Australian Cotton photography competition is designed to capture striking images of the industry’s greatest asset: its people.


The competition was open to all photographers: amateur, enthusiast or professional.

Click here to view the winning entries


Click here to download the Faces of Australian Cotton competition flyer


  1. Aussie cotton growers and industry personnel: capturing the character of the industry
  2. Aussie cotton families: people on the land
  3. Innovation in cotton: people demonstrating the latest technologies and equipment

Prizes ($8000)

Recipients were awarded vouchers for use in-store or online with digiDIRECT:

  • Overall first place winner: $4000 digiDIRECT camera equipment voucher
  • Runner-up: $2000 digiDIRECT camera equipment voucher
  • People’s choice: $500 digiDIRECT camera equipment voucher
  • Category winners: $1500 (3 x $500) digiDIRECT camera equipment vouchers

More information

Email faces@cotton.org.au for more information. Entries are now closed.

Click here to read the full terms and conditions


A judging panel consisting of photographer Josh Smith and one cotton industry representative selected the winning entries and people’s choice finalists. Chance plays no part in determining the recipient of each prize.

Recipients were announced and their winning entry displayed at the 18th Australian Cotton Conference at the Gold Coast (August 2-4, 2016). Conference delegates had an opportunity to vote for the people's choice category.

About Josh Smith

Growing up and living in the heart of cotton country in Narrabri NSW, Josh has been fortunate enough to spend the majority of his photography career capturing images of rural and regional Australia, including it’s people, industries and awe inspiring landscape both from the ground and above it.

Josh’s clients include many major organisations within the cotton industry and agribusiness including Monsanto, John Deere, Syngenta, Incitec Pivot, Namoi Cotton, CSD, the MDBA, Federal Department of Agriculture, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and more. He has also had numerous photos featured both on the front and back covers of the RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine and fronting major advertising campaigns.

Earlier this year his hugely successful fine art solo exhibition featured at the highly acclaimed Blackeye Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney which showcased abstract aerial landscapes from Central Australia.

A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP), it’s Josh’s ability to visualise a shot and frame up his photos from unique perspectives usually incorporating symmetry and fine art influences that brings him to the Australian Cotton Conference in August to judge this year’s Faces of Australian Cotton Photography Competition.

For more information on Josh’s photography, go to www.joshuajs.com or through his Twitter and Facebook accounts.


The Faces of Australian Cotton competition is organised by Cotton Australia Limited (ABN 24 054 122 879), Suite 4.01, 247 Coward Street, Mascot NSW Australia 2020