HMAS STIRLING will host the inaugural:

2019 Fleet Base West (FBW) Photo Competition

Open to all FWB personnel connected to the HMAS STIRLING and its infrastructure.


The aim of the photo competition is to draw on images taken by budding photographers out-and-about that visually describe the Navy role, it’s people and assets (stuff).

From the images that can be uploaded, judges will draw on up to 100 ‘Finalists’ to consider the winning images.

The finalists will be displayed for the public to view at an exhibition in Rockingham, with an awards evening as the forerunner to the exhibition.

It is intended that the public can be provided a visual ‘snapshot’ of ‘those people over on that island’ and what happens there and what to do they do, both on Garden Island and out and about in the fleet, whilst allowing budding photographers to visually demonstrate  their skills.

Photos - © Ainsley Morethorpe - CPOIS Damian Pawlenko - LSIS Bradley Darvill , LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper & LEUT Kingsley Klau

LINK to Finalists Images (Soon)


a.       ‘The People’ – images of Defence personnel and Defence related civilians (contractors / SPO’s / recruiting and anyone directly connected to FBW) These images can include people in their workspaces, on-the-job, returning from deployment etc.  Images are to contain some relevance to the Defence space – a uniform / background context, that ‘says’ Navy / Defence / Defence support.  For Defence assets overseas, this can be sailors engaged into the visited ports, but again must show a visual connection to Navy.

b.       ‘Places’ – images of the Navy’s environmental connections, especially HMAS STIRLING.  Could be the local flora and fauna, scenery shots, also aspects of how other FBW Defence assets not on Garden Island fit into the local environment spaces.

  1. c.     ‘Stuff’ – images of moveable Defence assets: ships, submarines, boats, equipment, ships and submarines overseas and Navy related equipment that can be photographed artistically.

Relative dates:

  1. 1 July 19 - Competition open for entries 

  2. 31 Oct 17 – 31 Oct 19 (two years) - Entries permitted taken from

  3. 31 Oct 19 – Entries Close

  4. 6 Nov 19 –  Pre-Judging for Finalists (up to 100 total) - LINK to Judges Page

  5. 15 Nov 19 – Printing of the Finalists complete

  6. 22 Nov 19 – 0900-1100 – Photos hung for exhibition at the Gary Holland Centre 

  7. 22 Nov 19 – 1300 – Final Judging at the Gary Holland Centre - LINK to Judges Page

  8. 22 Nov 19 – 1800-2000 – Exhibition Awards Night – 

  9. 22 – 29 Nov 19 – Exhibition open to Public – ‘People’s Choice’ decided by ballot.

  10. 29 Nov 19 – 1400 – Exhibition completed


  1. The Competition is open to all attached to Fleet Base West (FBW), including PNF, attached Defence Personnel, Reservists, Civilians, and Contractors.

  2. Photos must have been taken between 1 Nov 17 and 31 Oct 19. 

  3. Members can enter up to five images.

  4. Images must be at least 1 MB in file size.

  5. Images must be saved and sent as JPEG’s only.  No TIFF, PSD etc files.

  6. Images cannot be more than 10 MB (they will not load via the upload form)

  7. Images must be entered only via the provided online form.  No files can be supplied to the organisers in any other way.

  8. Uploaded images may be used to promote, further possible FBW photo competitions. You must agree to this prior to uploading.  Files will not be loaded to any website at more than 1000 pixels and will not used in any other way unless prior consent is sought.

  9. Your image(s) may be selected as a finalist.  You agree to them being exhibited in print if so.

  10. The best crop ratio is 3x2 - for printing for exhibition.  Square cropped, or cropped to a differing ratio may inhibit their selection as a finalist.

  11. Images may have been taken on any digital device - i.e. a mobile phone, tablet, DSLR, compact digital camera etc. 

  12. Selection of finalists will be final and no discussion will be entered into.

  13. Prizes as supplied must be taken as offered and no further discussion will be entered into.

  14. Photos must be free of any logos, names or promotional imagery.

  15. Photos must be taken by the author who enters them.

  16. Files can be modified as seen fit, but must be identifiable as a photo.

  17. Each image must be titled (up to 5 words only) when uploaded.

  18. Images must be aligned with the above ‘Themes‘  - you will be asked this when uploading.

  19. When people are easily identifiable, you must gain their permission prior to uploading the image(s).  By uploading, we assume this has been done.  Group shots are generally OK.

  20. Considerations of photographing within the operational zone should be adhered to  regarding security.  If the images are deemed not permissible, they will excluded from entry into the competition.


  1. Nikon Photo Equipment - To be announce soon...

  2. Camera Electronic Voucher to the value of $300.00

  3. To be announced soon...

  4. 5 x Highly Commended Framed Certificates

  5. Peoples Choice Award: 

  6. A tour for up to three to the more confined locations of HMAS Stirling by the Commanding Officer (CO), followed by lunch with the host.

You can download this flyer via link above