The competition will be judged using four criteria:
Lived Experience. Mental illness encompasses a range of disorders, some transient, others chronic; each is a personal story of lived experience. Photos in this category can be based on a wide range of emotions and representations, reflecting the diversity of people’s experiences.
Relationships. Mental illness not only effects those experiencing it, but also those close to them. Photos in this category can be based on the experiences of the individual, or those close to them.
Recovery. Many people recover fully or partially from mental illness, and live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Photos in this category celebrate recovery and wellness or feature the pathways to recovery.
Change. Despite progress in recent years, the one in four Australians experiencing mental illness still face challenges. Photos in this category will give us images about society’s future, and how mental wellbeing is addressed in that future.
Out of the Mist’s competition director is Michael Lockwood. Michael has worked as a senior executive within the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, where among other duties, he had responsibility for Council’s diverse engagement with the arts community. Michael has a lived experience of mental illness and is presently a post graduate student of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology.
Michael lives in the central south west Queensland town of Charleville, where he spends his spare time between renovating a 100 year old ‘Queenslander’ home, photographing the beauty of the Queensland outback and its people, and working on several video projects.