Images of Motherhood: Share your favourite photo & win!


To celebrate Mother’s Day and everything that’s wonderful about being a mum, North Shore Mums is delighted to launch a photo competition to find all the amazing ‘images of motherhood’ from local mums across the North Shore.

Too often, mums are the ones behind the camera. But it’s time for us to get in the frame to make sure we’ve got photos to look back on that capture those special moments we spend with our children.

As they say, the days are long but the years are short – and you don’t want to regret not having any photos with your children!

We’re calling upon North Shore Mums to go through their photo libraries and to share their favourite photo of themselves with their children.

It doesn’t need to be a professional photo, just something that you look back on with fond memories and it makes you smile – whether it’s holding your baby for the first time, enjoying some beach time on a family holiday, that first day of school or something a little bit more candid. It can be beautiful, it can be funny… it can be posed, or it can be ‘real’. Find that special pic that captures a moment of your motherhood!

The Prize

Whilst all the entrants will get those money-can’t-buy warm & fuzzy feelings as they take a trip down memory lane, the best 10 Images of Motherhood will each receive a Family Pass to Featherdale Wildlife Park – so that they can create some more super special memories with the family.

Plus the ultimate best photo, as determined by the voters of North Shore Mums, will win Sydney’s Ultimate VIP Wildlife Experience at Featherdale for up to 6 people, worth $650. The experience includes:

  • Exclusive 90 minute zoo keeper guided tour
  • Personal Koala Encounter including Digital Photo package
  • Behind the scenes tour of the Reptilian Pavilion and Joey Nursery
  • Hand feed Kangaroos, Wallabies & Pademelons
  • Featherdale souvenir gift book and carry bag

Enter now!

Simply choose your favourite photo of you with your children that encapsulates motherhood, and enter via one of the following ways:

  • NSM Website – Fill in the online form at the bottom of this page.
  • Your personal Facebook profile – Upload your favourite photo to your personal Facebook page. Make sure the privacy setting is set to ‘public’ (so we can see it) and include the hashtag #northshoremums in your comment
  • Your personal Instagram account – Upload your favourite photo to your Instagram account. Tag @northshoremums in the photo
  • NSM Facebook page or group – Upload a photo to the dedicated post on the North Shore Mums Facebook page or North Shore Mums Facebook group

But hurry, entries close midnight on Sunday 29 April 2018.

Image: Bree Hulme Photography

About Featherdale

Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. From the initial greeting by the swaggie at the entrance to the park, visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side and meet over 1,700 animals from more than 280 different species. As well as many Koalas and Kangaroos, features include face-to-face encounters with all kinds of wildlife including Wallabies, Emus, an amazingly diverse range of birds and 40 species of reptiles in the Reptilian Pavilion.

You will also get the chance to encounter some more unexpected highlights such as Bettongs, Little Penguins, Wombats, a 4.5-metre Saltwater Crocodile and 30 species of endangered or vulnerable animals including Bilbys. Have a personal encounter with a Koala and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies.

Located at Doonside, en route to the famous Blue Mountains, Featherdale is Sydney’s ‘hands on’ wildlife experience.

Need some inspiration?

To give you a little inspiration, we asked the mums behind the North Shore Mums website to find a photo they love and share why it’s meaningful to them…

Rachel Chappell, Founder & Publisher

Rachel with her first baby Scarlett at 2 weeks

‘It was next to impossible to select just one image from the hundreds of thousands that we have taken over the last eight years of parenthood! But I decided to choose this photo of me adoringly looking at our first born daughter, Scarlett, when she was about two weeks old. We were in those early days of parenthood when everything was a hazy fog and we were still figuring out what to do with a baby. It was such a surreal time, and I look back on that period with such fondness (although it was such a huge adjustment at the time). We would spend so long trying to get her to go to sleep… and as soon as she finally closed her eyes, we’d spend our time gazing adoringly at her waiting for her to wake up.’ – Rachel

Lucy Chesterton, Editor

Lucy with her daughter Frankie

‘I’ve just become a mum (again) to a new little boy, Leo. This image of my daughter and I together is one of the last taken before his birth. It’s a precious one because it represents the last of a special time between us, when she had me all to herself. I knew even as we took in the scent of beautiful blossoms and picked mulberries from the spreading trees that it might be some time before we could find that calm, green place again and enjoy each other’s company, just the two of us. I knew, even if she didn’t yet, that little life was going to change forever when we welcomed her little brother in the coming days and so my joy in exploring the flowers with her was also tinged with sadness for the two beautiful years we had shared together, as I said goodbye to that time and the lessons I had learned about motherhood.’ – Lucy

Bianka Ford, Advertising Manager

Bianka with her son Jimi

‘Every time I see this picture, it brings a smile to my face. The whole day was surreal!

My then 4-year-old son Jimi was obsessed with Linda Mottram (morning show presenter/journalist on ABC702). I wrote an email to say thanks and hoping that she might say hello to him on the show, but instead I got a phone call from the producer asking if we could come in to be on the show the next day!

I was totally star-struck, but I hadn’t properly prepared Jimi. I’m fairly sure he had his own idea of what Linda looked like and when he met her, that wasn’t it, so he became very shy and withdrawn. He still got on the airwaves and asked some great questions like “how does your voice get in our car?” which prompted a follow up show on how radio works that was recorded at the Hornsby Fountain. Richard Glover also picked up the theme and did a segment that afternoon asking people to share stories on when they had “Chucked a Jimi”, that is, when they were super interested in something that wasn’t meant for their age group.

On the way out of the studio still dazed from the experience, I bumped into a friend who worked in another part of the ABC. She offered to take us to check out their library and there we found these larger than life Play School stars – Humpty, Jemima and a massive Little Ted.

We got a picture with them and I think our faces show the enormity of the whole day, a mixture of happiness and bewilderment. I just love this photo!’ – Bianka

Maryka Stalley, Promotions Manager

Maryka with her three children at Legoland Malaysia

‘This is my favourite photo. It’s not the most attractive photo of us all, but I love this pic as we are having so much fun! Love looking at each of the kids and their different reactions! Despite the drizzle during our holiday to Legoland we had a blast and the rollercoaster was one of the kids favourite rides (we lost count how many times they went on it!). It’s something we do together as Daddy holds the bags :-).We are creating memories that will last forever and they are already asking to go back there!’ – Maryka


Enter now!

  • Please upload your favourite photo here
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg.
  • Tell us a little bit about this photo and why you've chosen it.
  • If this photo was taken by a professional photographer, please ensure we can credit them properly by letting us know the company name
  • I consent to this photograph to be published on the North Shore Mums website, newsletter and social media accounts.


Terms & Conditions: North Shore Mums: ‘Images of Motherhood’ Mother’s Day Photo Competition 2018

  • Entry is open to residents of Sydney (metro area), Australia. Employees of North Shore Mums and their families are ineligible to enter.
  • Round One of the promotion commences at 6.00pm AEST on 12/04/18 and concludes at 23:59pm AEST on 29/04/18 (the “Promotion Period”). Entrants can submit their favourite photo of themselves with their children via the following ways:
    • Your personal Facebook profile – Upload a photo of your child holding the sign on their first day to your personal Facebook page. Make sure the privacy setting is set to ‘public’ (so we can see it) and include the hashtag #northshoremums in your comment
    • Your personal Instagram account – Upload a photo of your child holding the sign on their first day to your Instagram account. Tag @northshoremums in the photo
    • NSM Facebook page or group – Upload a photo to the dedicated post on the North Shore Mums Facebook page or North Shore Mums Facebook group OR
    • Website – Upload your photo via the online form on northshoremums.com.au
  • The promotion is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. Entries will be judged individually. The best 10 entries, as determined by the judges, will be shortlisted for Round Two.
  • Round Two on the promotion commences 7.00pm AEST on Tuesday 01/05/18 and concludes at 23:59pm AEDST on Friday 11/05/18. The 10 shortlisted photos will be published on the NSM website, and website visitors can vote for their favourite photo.
  • The promotion is a game of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. Entries will be judged individually. The best 10 entries, as determined by the judges, will be the finalists
  • Prize Details: The major prize winner, as determined by online votes, will receive the Ultimate VIP Wildlife Experience at Featherdale for up to 6 people, worth $650. The ten finalists will each receive a Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Featherdale Wildlife Park worth $88. Total prize value is $1530.
  • The winner will be announced on Sunday 13/05/18 on the North Shore Mums Facebook group, page and on the NSM website, and notified via email and/or phone.
  • By entering this competition, participants are giving North Shore Mums permission to publish their photo on the North Shore Mums website (northshoremums.com.au) and associated Facebook page and group, for voting and promotional purposes.
  • Prizes are not transferable and not redeemable for cash. The Promoter’s decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries or other communications. If for some reason, the winner does not accept the prize at the time stipulated by the Provider, the prize will be forfeited.
  • New subscriber personal information will be collected by or on behalf of the Promoter to enable it to administer the Promotion. Persons may contact the Promoter by post at PO Box 439 Lane Cove 1595 or by emailing [email protected] to request access to, or corrections of, any of their collected personal information that is held by the Promoter.
  • The ‘Promoter’ is Chappell Publishing Pty Ltd, trading as North Shore Mums (ABN 86611623851) of PO Box 439 Lane Cove NSW 1595.

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