Justice and Society Photography Competition 2021

The JUS Photography Competition 2021 is now closed, and we are pleased to have received numerous submissions!

You can review the submissions below.

Voting is now open until Friday 10 December to all UniSA Justice & Society staff, students, Adjuncts, Program Advisory Panel members, and ELT and senior leadership from around the University (links have/will be emailed).

The three winning entries will be announced in mid-December by Justice & Society’s Executive Dean.

This year, we continue to be invested in generating a rich and diverse set of visual representations that convey different aspects of our mission and our impact and as such, this year’s theme is ‘Justice’.

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Title: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

I took this photo in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, in December 2019, just before COVID-19 restricted international travel. The cross marks a place of execution.

Kilmainham Gaol, like many prisons, is a heavy reminder of government injustices of the past, the impacts of which continue to be felt by people today. Kilmainham was built some 50 years before Yatala Labour Prison in South Australia, but both bluestone structures have the same oppressive, brutal atmosphere.

My PhD research examines how traumatic experiences of people who commit crime are given consideration in sentencing. In some cases, defendant trauma is the result of criminal justice practices, particularly the psychological, emotional, social and physical impacts of incarceration.


Title: A cold Sunday afternoon

A cold Sunday afternoon in a creek bed at Leigh Creek - Adnyamathanha country cold weather burning and Caring For County ENVT1017


Title: Freedom from fear

Freedom is a mother being able to give birth to her child, and hold them in her arms without fear. This is something that many of us would take for granted, but times like the ones we're living in, with pandemia, lockdowns, war, remind us of how lucky we are if we can achieve something as simple as holding a child freely and in peace.

This is the picture of my wife holding our third child Max, back in 2017.


Title: Light in the dark

This photo is a creative spin on the notion that justice always prevails. Justice emerges out of the darkness to stand bright, strong, and beautiful.

I took this photo on location and using natural light, at F 5.4 S 1/250, lens 50-230 mm.

The camera is Fujifilm T3.


Title of picture: Storm light.

This year Covid has ravaged the globe impacting our families and communities in many ways. Covid has acted indiscriminately targeting the vulnerable - the elderly and the poor. Yet there's a bright light that shines even in the midst of the storm.

The photo was taken using my iphone at Fremantle, WA during a recent storm


Title: The Lady of Justice & Peace

This photo is a creative spin on the Lady of Justice. It was inspired the film The Lady (2011) based on noble prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.

It is a digital image taken n the studio, using a single light source (soft box), and at F2 S1/40. The camera that I used is a Fujifilm X-7.

The image is a straight shot with basic adjustments to achieve the look.

Hope you enjoy it.


Title: Free at Three

As you can see, my little boy is three
He walks alone with confidence as he escapes from me
If he had words he would say Mum, look at me I feel so free
Looking forward, I see colours, black, white and blue
And if I turn around , I can see black, white and you
Life can be seen so differently from a boy who is three
Remember what life was like being three?
If only we could all be free.

The photo was taken at Grange using a Samsung S20 using Single take camera mode


Title: The golden ratio

Mt Fuji as seen from the Chureito Pagoda lookout in Fujiyoshida, Japan.

This image was taken at sunrise after hiking up to the lookout in the early hours of the morning. My aim was to capture and portray the ethereal and spiritual feeling of seeing Mt Fuji in its most delicate form on a cold, quiet winters morning.

The image incorporates the golden ratio that begins with the eye catching Chureito Pagoda in the foreground and ends with the epic Mt Fuji as the centrepiece. This creates a pleasing photograph to look at and draws the attention to the subject using significant negative space.

Taken using Sony a7III, 24-70 G Master 2.8 and edited in Adobe Lightroom CC.


Title: Is justice just the rules

Started out with nothing,
    so never had a chance,
No warmth, no love, no peace,
    no riches to enhance.
Now stretched out in public,
    and still with little chance,
Arrest me for vagrancy,
    Policing by a glance?
Is justice just the rules,
    On which to make our stance,
Or justice for us all,
    And not leave it to chance.


Title: Justice for research and education during worldwide pandemic

Justice is when you do not have privilege for in-situ data collection for your research due to the worldwide pandemic, yet technology accommodates virtual data collection so your research can keep going. Justice is when, despite tough times in an unprecedented pandemic, there are still alternative ways to contribute to the betterment of humankind and your discipline through your research. Justice is, when due to the pandemic, one of your research participants needed to stay home in a small village in Indonesia - but she was still able to attend a class online (that I observed for my data collection), with trees and forest in her backyard visible on the screen (pictured).


Title: The Closure of Justice

In the end, even if there is closure in justice, an injustice must have occurred to begin the process. A soul, a person, an animal carries a sense of closure if justice is truly served but the sufferings of the injustice may linger forever. And these are the lucky ones, for there are those who never obtain the closure of justice. Justice, in all its glory, still stems from some injustice and it is this darkness that clouds the light of peace.


Title: Raising awareness

This photo was taken during NAIDOC week at a festival raising awareness. The two people in the shot were weaving a bracelet with the traditional custodians colours. I edited my photo to highlight the colours and exemplify the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and unity.


Title: "Seigi"

When we think about justice, too often we think of it in relation to dichotomies such as “Fair vs Unfair”, “Right vs Wrong” or “Good vs Evil”. In Japanese, we even have a phrase “White or Black?” which in the legal context can mean “innocent or guilty?”.

The real world however is never that clear cut, never that simple and never just one colour. An individual or a deed is never simply “fair or unfair”, “right or wrong”, “good or evil”, or “white or black”. For the handful of acts that we consider to be inherently “unjust” such as murder and inherently “righteous” such as altruism, seen through the lens of nihilism and determinism, even these reveal themselves as being less clear cut, more ambiguous and more grey. This is what my piece represents.

The piece depicts the Japanese characters for justice "Seigi". The mix of black and white with its grey core represents my views on justice; in this way, the piece also doubles as a rebuttal arguing against the simple proposition of the earlier mentioned Japanese phrase “White or Black” (Guilty or Innocent).


Title: Justice for the people

Justice (and Society)

Justice for the people
User friendly.
For friendly users?

Justice with the people
Feel at home.
What homely feel?

Justice by the people
All for one.
One for all?

Justice through the people
Feel at ease.
Uneasy feel?

Or justice for some people


Title: #LetUsSpeak

The ‘me too’ movement has gained significant traction since it started in 2006, particularly through the #MeToo hashtag which went viral in 2017. It represents unity among sexual assault victims, allowing people to stand together against this awful crime and corresponding trauma, encompassing people from all walks of life including LGBT+, disability, and cultural communities (importantly, also men and other genders). Disappointingly, last year new laws made it so victims could no longer name their perpetrators, protecting offenders, even if they had been convicted of the crime. “Victims are now ‘muzzled’,” and can be sentenced to four months jail, or a hefty fine if they break this law (News.com.au, 2020).

This major issue is the inspiration for this photograph. A woman is holding a sign reflecting the #MeToo movement, with the words “I am NOT voiceless.”. She is taking tape off her mouth to signify she is no longer voiceless, while there are broken handcuffs on each wrist, stating she’s broken the control placed on her to be silent. In that way, she is getting JUSTICE by being able to talk about her experience. Afterall, she is the one who was violated. She is the one who now has to live with this trauma. While naming perpetrators can be harmful when they are wrongfully convicted, not being able to name them when there is all certainty they violated a person is just downright disappointing… #LetUsSpeak.


Title: Magpie Council

The image shows magpies gathered in a circle that reminded me of a similar layout as that of the judicial system in Parliament houses, we humans have. It highlights that perhaps a judicial process exists among all living beings and is not exclusive to humans. These magpies in the circle reminded me of elders in communities coming together to discuss community affairs. It is possible that these magpies are elders within their own tribes/tidings come together as a parliament for their tribes/tidings. The collective cawing and gestures the magpies were engaged in, clearly demonstrated a stately communication process amongst them, as if they were discussing some vital matters. Such gatherings have been seen on several occasions demonstrating it is not an isolated incident.

Communication is vital in the pursuit of justice as it imparts rules and regulations of conduct amongst members of communities and colonies that ensures harmony and collaboration amongst them.

Justice often entails knowing all facets of an issue before a decision can be reached about the arising issue. It is through regular review of such judicial councils that informed decisions can be made on matters so that fairness, justice and equity can be maintained.


Title: Standing Lamp

This picture explains about justice where the lamp is standing still together and it has the same amount of light even though it does not have the same length of the wire. It shows that, the fairness and righteousness of electric source and it light up the place together. It spread out the hope (light) from the same source of motivation (electric source) everywhere with its own capacity (the length of the wire).

The composition of this picture is rule of thirds where the lamp is in the middle of the grid.

Rationale for this image is to explain that although we are in different place and has different opportunities, but if the main source to live is there, we can succeed together. Be together to ensure that we can light up this world.


Title: She is Justice

The main purpose of this photo is to capture the elegance and confidence of the woman that has skin the colour of strength, reliability and dependability. Yet, her elegance and posture gives a sense of security and safety. She is safe, she is comfortable, she is wearing a blue dress. Which evoke a subtle kind of emotional response of trust and sincerity. Her wisdom is her confidence and her loyalty is the trust we seek. She colours the law with a substitute purpose, allowing it to accomplish its original goal.
She is Justice.


Title: All for one, one for all

With this photo, “All for one, one for all,” I consider the theme “Justice” as it surrounds my inclusion within higher education, and the in/exclusion of others. This photo is my life on a desk – the medication that keeps me functioning, the mask I wear through the pandemic and the causes and identities close to my heart – many of these have presented as barriers in my life. There are also some of the resources I bring into my research life, many of which are not considered within the academy to be rigorous, empirical or impartial enough. There exist barriers which prevent these thinkers and disciplines from being as widely read as more privileged people, theories and subjects. These all surround a copy of my acceptance letter into the PhD program. Justice was fought for before my time and my acceptance here, and that fight will continue long after I’m gone. I aim to honour those who fought for my educational justice, and to use my position now to fight for that justice and more for those who come after me, and for those who aren’t afforded my privileges today.


Title: Enough is enough

‘Enough is Enough.’ This piece, in particular, is a reflection of the still-existing racism across Australia in the present day. Still, in 2021, Aboriginal people are discriminated against in day to day lives, experiencing police brutality, high unemployment rates and custody rates higher than ever. With the ‘Black Lives Matter movement came protests worldwide, with the critical message that the world’s racist behaviours must cease. Unfortunately, since the Black Lives Matter movement, discrimination rates in Australia have increased. This image displays a protest poster left behind in the rain, just as the voice of Aboriginal people has been ignored and left behind in our country. It is time that Australia takes action, and we realize that enough is enough. This photo was taken on Peramangk Land.


Title: Justice or just ice?

The photo is a depiction of ice melting to emphasise the psychology of climate injustice. The ice is to the left in the photo which represents the denial or avoidance of climate injustice being a centralised topic (phenomenon of climate change denial). However, its presence is felt globally, and although simplistic in nature (just ice) as demonstrated in the photo, is causing harm.

To show the great deal of impact it has on mental health, it is a likened to Freud’s Iceberg Model of the conscious level. There is an awareness of this debated topic, and through psychology, there is a need to nurture the psychological resilience to the destructive impacts of climate change. Morality and justice perceptions can serve as a bridge and barrier around climate change and there is a critical area for future development: identifying psychological processes that promote and impede climate vulnerability.

There is a greater interest in comprehending the psychological processes underlying the resistance to partake in appropriate actions. More importantly, psychology has a significant scope and potential to understand and facilitate change in these behaviours.