Nature Conservation Photography Grant

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Nature Conservation Photography Grant 2023

Established in 2023, the Wildlife Queensland Wayne Lawler Nature Conservation Photography Grant empowers Australian photographers to support community-led conservation projects and tell stories that make a difference.

Closing date:
5:00 pm (AEST) on 30 September 2023.

What do you get?

Up to $2000 of eligible expenditure for your photographic project. The grant must be undertaken in partnership with a community-led conservation partner project.

Who is this for?

Amateur photographers in Australia.

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Community-led conservation partner project making a positive environmental impact.



Financial support for photographic assistance to promote the conservation partner project.



Your story, told via photos, to gain exposure for the conservation partner project.


The Wildlife Queensland Wayne Lawler Nature Conservation Photography Grant supports nature conservation photography.

The grant is undertaken in partnership with a community or environmental group working on a conservation project which requires photographic assistance to help promote or advocate the project within Australia.

The objectives of the grant are to:

  • promote community-based nature conservation projects through photography;
  • enhance a non-professional photographer’s skill set in nature conservation photography; and
  • help meet the non-equipment costs of nature conservation photographic projects within Australia.
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About Wayne Lawler

Wayne Lawler (1956 – 2021) was a passionate conservationist and an award-winning Australian nature photographer. He captured the natural world from behind his lens but was devoted to seeing wildlife run free and thrive. In 2010, Wayne established a photographic grant program to foster nature conservation. Wildlife Queensland proudly operates and administers that program, funded by a trust Wayne established.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible individual
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the Grant Guidelines.

Eligible individuals

You can apply if you are:

  • a non-professional photographer
  • 18 years or older
  • an Australian resident or hold an Australian working visa.

Eligible projects

Your project must:

  • provide photography assistance to help promote or advocate a conservation project being undertaken by a community/environmental group within Australia.

Eligible expenditure

You can use this grant funding for:

  • domestic travel, limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project activities in Australia
  • consumables
  • computer-related software under $100.

Wildlife Queensland may determine other expenditure items eligible.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of your conservation photography project
  • be incurred between the start and end date unless agreed otherwise.

How to apply

Apply using our online application form.

  1. Go to our Online Application Form.
  2. Complete your application, which includes:
    • Applicant details
    • Project overview
    • Conservation partner information and letter of support
    • Examples of photography
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant. Please refer to the Grant Guidelines.

Apply for the Wildlife Queensland Wayne Lawler Nature Conservation Photography Grant 2023


Before you apply, make sure you read and understand the Grant Guidelines.

Using the online application form

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application.

Hover over questions to see if there is additional instruction text.

If you don’t wish to complete your application in one sitting, you can save the form and come back at a later time to complete it. You can also print your application.

Technical help

If you encounter any technical issues, please contact us for assistance.

Late application

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many projects can I apply for?

We are accepting a maximum of 1 project proposal per person.

Who will be judging the entries?

There may be up to 5 members of the panel.

How and when will I be contacted to know if I’m successful?

  • If your application is successful, we’ll call and email you with the good news by 30 November 2023. We will also advise you of any specific conditions attached to the grant.
  • Unsuccessful candidates will be contacted via email.

Will there be more grants in the future?

We hope to run the grant annually.


Need help?

Let us answer your question via phone or email.

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