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Localise the Love Photography Exhibition 2024

The business owners of Zinc, a vintage store on Sydney Road BrunswickIn 2024, the Sydney Road Brunswick Association (SRBA) arranged the next instalment of our photography exhibition, previously known as Faces Behind the Scene. This year we welcomed a fresh look – under the umbrella of our ongoing Localise the Love (support local) campaign.

The Localise the Love photography exhibition, like that of Faces Behind the Scene, focussed on capturing portraits of the business owners and operators along Sydney Road Brunswick. The portraits were coupled with short bio’s of the subjects and their connections to the business and area.

Within the current climate, supporting local has never been more important. SRBA used this photography exhibition to, per previous years, tell the stories of those that make up the Sydney Road Brunswick precinct and create an emotional connection – this time in an exhibition space!

The Localise the Love Photography Exhibition:

  • Occupied a retail space on Sydney Road Brunswick for a 5-week exhibition, open to the public, in the lead up to, during, and post the Sydney Road Street Party (Sunday 3 March 2024)
  • Offered participants the opportunity to list their photograph for sale, with all sale proceeds going back to the artist
  • Included an opening night and networking event
  • Will continue to have select photographic outcomes used in long-term Localise the Love precinct campaign materials.

In addition to the above, and as per previous years, the program also:

  • Paid participants $100 for their involvement
  • Awarded a $500 first prize, as well as a $250 second prize (at the opening night)

The 2024 Localise the Love Photography Exhibition timelines were:

  • Applications opened: Wednesday 20 December 2023
  • Applications closed: Friday 19 January 2024
  • Photographer outcomes advised: Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Photographer & Business Allocations Confirmed with Successful Applicants: Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Photographer Final Art & Bio Submissions Due: Monday 12 February 2024
  • Exhibition: On Display from Tuesday 27 February 2024, until Saturday 30 March 2024
  • Launch: Tuesday 27 February 2024, from 6.30pm

The purpose of this exhibition was to:
The exhibition was designed to visually communicate the rich diversity of businesses and their backgrounds within the Sydney Road Brunswick precinct; conveying the stories of who they are and how they came to be.

The Sydney Road Brunswick precinct has over 525 businesses and behind each counter there is a person with a story to tell – this exhibition was designed to highlight and showcase that, reinforcing the need to support the local business community.

Over the course of the evening, during the celebrations, expert photographers Nicole Cleary, Penny Stephens and Chris Hopkins judged each submission. The judges were hugely impressed with the outcomes by everyone.

After careful deliberation, the Judges awarded the following:
1st Prize: Yasser Alsaadi
2nd Prize: Carmelo Ortuso
Honourable Mentions: Diego Pizarro, Maite Arbildua, Leah Hulst and Katherine Jenkins.

With the Localise the Love Photography Exhibition coming to an end on Saturday 30 March 2024, we were able to tally up the People’s Choice Award (PCA)! We had 300+ attendees over the course of the exhibition, receiving 168 votes in the PCA and would like to congratulate Maite Arbildua for having the most votes and thus winning the People’s Choice Award! Congratulations Maite!

The exhibition also included a People’s Choice Awards – where visitors could vote for their favourite exhibit! Now that the exhibition is closed, we look forward to tallying the results and announcing the winner soon!

Faces behind the Scene 2022

From Albion Street to Moreland Road, 2022’s Faces Behind the Scene captured just some of the dedicated people that make Sydney RoadPhotography competition and exhibition flyer Brunswick so unique, diverse and wonderful. From butchers and chefs; tailormade fashions and costumery; pastry icons and sweet sensations; retail, spice, health, and secondhand specialists– the year’s exhibition again highlighted the uniqueness of our precinct, our people, and their passions.

On Saturday 22 October the Sydney Road Brunswick Association held the Awards evening, with expert photographers Nicole Cleary, Penny Stephens, Chris Hopkins and Sarah Matray judging the entries.

Overall, the judges were hugely impressed with the outcomes by everyone, with the finished products truly capturing the character and heart of each subject. New for 2022, the written pieces that accompanied each photograph were also considered in judging – which further described the outcome by the photographer.

After careful deliberation, the Judges awarded the following:
1st Prize: Katherine Jenkins
2nd Prize: Maite Arbidula
Honourable Mentions: Adam Tucker, Kath Kelly & Pamela Kleemann-Passi

The Sydney Road Brunswick Association thank the businesses, photographers and judges involved in the 2022 Faces Behind the Scene Photography Competition and Exhibition.


Faces behind the Scene: June & October 2019


Our June photography competition & exhibition took place in the North end of our Sydney Road Brunswick and the October event took place in the South end; both exhibitions were showcased in participating shop windows and lasted 4 weeks each. Photographers captured the faces and skills behind some of Sydney Road’s most iconic businesses and shops.

1st PRIZE $500
2nd PRIZE $250

Anne Moffat
Huw Rodgers
Jade Burstall
Mauro Trentin
William Patston


Annette Eldridge

2nd Place
Adam Tucker

Dijana Risteska
Markus Weber
Carly Milanovic