The Art & About Sydney festival organised by the City of Sydney is offering budding photographers from across the city to present their individual perspectives on camera.

Open to children aged 3 to 11 years, the Little Sydney Lives competition challenges young photographers to capture the ultimate image of the city. Shortlisted images will be on display in Hyde Park. The competition is an exciting element of the City of Sydney’s Art & About Sydney festival, which runs from 19 September to 12 October.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore explains that the Little Sydney Lives competition encourages creativity in their youngest citizens each year, and allows people who are living, working in or visiting the city to see it from a fresh perspective.

He adds that the competition offers a fascinating insight into how youngsters view their city and a wonderful opportunity for Australia’s future creative artists to share their own interpretation of Sydney.

Art & About Sydney Creative Director, Gill Minervini comments all that one needs to participate is a camera, a keen eye and a love of photography.

Twenty selected finalist images will be enlarged and exhibited in Sandringham Gardens for everyone to enjoy during the Art & About Sydney festival. Prizes will be awarded by a judging panel in two age categories, 3-7 years and 8-11 years, and include gifts to the value of $500 for the winner and $250 to those highly commended in each respective category. Judges will be looking for the most creative and artistic photos.

Last year’s winner, selected from over 300 submissions was Freddie Payne from Manly (3-7 years) for his shot ‘Climbing’, while Mia Frater from Rozelle won first prize in the 8-11 years category for her image ‘The Sydney Opera House Face’.

Winners of Little Sydney Lives will be announced at Art & About Sydney’s free, public launch party in Martin Place on Friday 19 September.

Entries are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 11 July.