Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021

Stall Applications Open & January Photo Comp

Happy New Year Mooroolbark!

With 2020 done and dusted, we’re not wasting a minute in getting on with things (in a Covid-safe manner – let’s not stuff this up!). We can now announce the opening of applications for stallholders and the January Photo Competition theme.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 is looking to engage market stallholders, small businesses, community groups and makers from Yarra Ranges and Maroondah areas who are interested to take part in our 2021 market.

In these extraordinary times Celebrate Mooroolbark 2021 will look and feel very different, with 8 days of smaller pop-up style events during day and night, around town, on and offline, Wednesday to Wednesday from 24 to 31 March 2021.

The market is confirmed for Saturday 27 March, with a possible 2nd day on Sunday 28th March. It will be held in HOOKEY PARK and the car park on the corner of Brice Ave and George Street, with the hope of closing George Street, too. NOTE: Food vendors will be by invitation only, as we wish to support our local food outlets and cafes as they recover from what has been a disastrous year.

Monthly Photo Competition

Congratulations to all the entrants to our Monthly Photo Competition so far. You sure are giving our judges a hard time. Well done to all of you and keep them coming. Don’t forget, one winner every month receive a $50 Voucher for Croydon Camera House!

The theme for January is Black & White Portraits – we want to see the amazing and diverse community of Mooroolbark in a giant collection of black and white portraits. So get to it! Photograph your loved ones, yourselves, strangers on the street (with their permission of course)… and we’ll present the collection here on our website for all to view.

Below are just some of the fabulous entries from the September to December competitions.

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Food & Dining

As the first month of our Photo Competition draws to a close on this All Hallows’ Eve, it’s time to starting contemplating November’s theme.

Photographs of fresh pasta, plump, red tomatoes in a bowl, garlic cloves, pine nuts, rock salt, olive oil, cheese and fresh thyme leaves laid out on a table, ready to eat.
Photo by Nicole Squelch.

And what perfect timing it is to be thinking about FOOD AND DINING, with our cafes and restaurants reopening after months of lockdown. Let’s get out there and support them while having some fun with our next photo competition!

We know our local chefs are excited to be serving their creations to seated patrons again. So do their work the justice it deserves. Photograph their masterpiece (before you tuck in! 😉) and enter our competition to win a $50 Croydon Camera House voucher.

  • Photos MUST be recent!
  • Photos should be taken in Mooroolbark or nearby areas.
  • November draw closes 5pm 30 Nov.
  • And yes, your Food & Dining photographs may also be of your homemade creations.

For competition T&Cs and to enter go to https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/photo-comp/c

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Photo Competition Launch!

We couldn’t wait! There are so many stories to tell right now, that we decided to launch the Celebrate Mooroolbark Photo Competition right away. Starting Wednesday 1st October 2020, we’ll be receiving entries for our first monthly photo competition, running until March 2021.

And thanks to Croydon Camera House, we have a $50 voucher to award to one winner for every month!

For details and how to enter, jump over to the Photo Comp page here.

And now, let’s get started!

October Theme: Pets & Wildlife in Action

Let’s see animals leaping, playing, flying, launching towards their prey, birds collecting materials for their nest, or your pet’s latest tricks you’ve taught them during iso. This month’s competition is about capturing a great shot of an animal in and around your home.

This competition is about capturing this moment in time, so entries must be taken between 1st and 31st October 2020.

For full details on how to enter and the T&Cs, hit the button below.

And don’t forget, one clever winner will receive a $50 voucher from Croydon Camera House!

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Snapshot ’21

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

For the upcoming festival we are reflecting upon this moment in time in Mooroolbark.

We don’t need to remind you what the world is going through right now. Every one of us is affected by the pandemic, with all the restrictions, emotions and changes that come with it. Coupled with the level crossing removal and construction of the Skyrail, new station and multi-level carpark, Mooroolbark will never be quite the same again.

This is why we have been inspired to capture life in this moment, and preserve our memories for future generations.

With a strong focus on the creative arts, we will be encouraging increased participation in our  community competitions and celebrating each and every diverse perspective. Through the use of various mediums, we will record and document what life is like for us right here and now. 

Our festival may look a little different this year, but be sure to stay tuned because there is still plenty of celebrating to be done!