Boroondara streetscapes with a variety of tones, colours and historical settings were among the winners of this year’s Shutter Speed photo competition.

The annual competition encourages members of the community to record the changing features of the local area by submitting older photographs from albums and personal collections or entering recently shot images.

The competition is open to photographers and photo collectors of all ages and helps expand the Boroondara Library Service local history collection.

The Best in Competition prize went to ‘Festival fun', a dramatically lit shot taken by Emma Jaques at last year’s Ashburton Community Festival. The judges were impressed by the way in which light and shadow gave a theatrical feeling to the image. The entry also won first prize in the Streetscapes of the Present Open section.

In the Boroondara Streetscape of the past: mid-1800s to 1954 section, Brony Holmes won first prize for an early 1940s view from the family home in North Balwyn. The 1955 to 1984 section was won by Lisa Smith for a moody image of Canterbury Railway station taken in 1966.

A richly coloured 1989 shot of the Fountain Flicks Video store won Glen Hannah first prize in the 1985 to 2014 section.

The following young photographers scooped the top prize in their Streetscapes of the Present sections:

  • Junior photographers: Marco Mead, entry title: ‘Hassett Av in 2018’
  • Middle photographers: Sara Huq, entry title: ‘Nature in Anderson Park’
  • Senior photographers: Alex Thomas, entry title: ‘Pure’.

The winners were announced at Slide Night Boroondara in May. The judging panel included curators and community programming representatives from Boroondara Arts.

The winning images are on display at the Corridor Gallery next to Camberwell Library until 30 June 2018.

The images will also be added to the Boroondara Library Service catalogue.

If you have photos of Boroondara that you would like to donate to the Boroondara Library Service, contact our Local and Family History team or use the Ask a Librarian form to submit an enquiry.

We’ll be running the competition again from January 2019, so keep your eyes on your family albums and your cameras at the ready.

2018 Shutter speed competition winners

Streetscapes of the past





Mid-1800s to 1954

Early Development in North Balwyn
Entrant: Brony Holmes
Photographer: Sydney Holmes
c. 1940


Somerset Road, Glen Iris
Entrant: Carol Dixon
Photographer: Unknown
c. 1930s

Entrant: Suzzanne Beck
Photographer: William Charles Eddy
c. 1928


1955 to 1984

Canterbury Railway Station
Entrant: Lisa Smith
Photographer: Henry Smith
c. 1966


Canterbury and Rochester Roads, Canterbury
Entrant: Lisa Smith
Photographer: Henry Smith
c. 1966

Canterbury Road, Canterbury
Entrant: Lisa Smith
Photographer: Henry Smith
c. 1963


1985 to 2014

Fountain Flicks Video Store
Glen Hannah

Lawnmower Man
Glen Hannah


Phillip Adams
Christine Ellison
c. 1985


Streetscapes of the present





Honourable mention



Festival Fun
Emma Jaques

Best in competition

House Eater
Bette Devine


That time of year
Suzzanne Beck


A foggy winter morning
Kai O’Yang


Hassett Av in 2018
Marco Mead


All creatures, great and small
Romy Mead


Modern Day Street Art in Boroondara
Romy Mead


Around the Roundabout
Romy Mead



Nature in Anderson Park
Sara Huq






Alex Thomas

Moon over the ruined castle
Anand Bharadwaj


Stop 34
Alex Thomas



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