Be an official Sydney New Year’s Eve 2023 photographer

Up to 6 applicants will capture the program of events.

Fireworks over Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve.

Entries are now closed

Successful photographers will be notified on 17 September.

The Sydney New Year’s Eve photography team will capture the Welcome to Country, pylon projections starting at 8pm, 9pm Calling Country fireworks, midnight fireworks and the general atmosphere around the harbour.

We’ll select up to 6 photographers to be based on the ground and at elevated locations.

Locations for each photographer are still to be determined, but may include: 

  • Mrs Macquaries Point 
  • Sydney Opera House  
  • Circular Quay 
  • The Rocks 
  • Blues Point
  • Kirribilli  
  • Observatory Hill Park

Preferred shooting location

You’ll be responsible for securing access and any other required permissions.  We’ll help arrange access to official areas under our authority.

If you don’t have a preferred shooting location, we can work with you to determine positions and associated costs such as venue hire or security access which, pending review and approval, can be added to your quote after being engaged.  


You must grant us an exclusive license for the supplied images with no set time limits or other constraints.

We’ll credit you in the following manner: City of Sydney / photographer's name.

Images will be distributed with the following restrictions:

The City of Sydney holds the copyright in this image and provides access to this publicly distributed image for editorial purposes only. No archiving, commercial use or third-party distribution of the image is permitted without prior written consent from the City of Sydney. When using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following image credit adjacent to the content: “City of Sydney / photographer’s name”


Applications will be evaluated according to: 

  • experience and qualifications of lead photographer, assistants and support team  
  • experience with low-light or fireworks photography 
  • capability and processes to ensure fast image delivery 
  • experience photographing large-scale events.

General contract terms 

Selected photographers will be required to accept our general contract terms.  

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