Together with our partner the State Library of Victoria, we’re running a photography competition inspired by the library’s new exhibition, As Modern As Tomorrow.

The free exhibition highlights modernist photography in postwar Melbourne, a time in which photography was becoming a prevalent mode of art, advertising and promotion. Reflecting the changing face of photographic practice as well as that of professional and everyday life, the exhibition shows our city in a time of social and cultural development and prosperity. Featured in this exhibition are images captured by the lens of photographers like Wolfgang Sievers, Mark Strizic, Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith, Maggie Diaz, Henry Talbot, Norman Ikin and Dacre Stubbs.

We’ve chosen a selection of images from the exhibition (scroll through our picture gallery above), and we want you to recreate these photographs with your own contemporary interpretation. Take inspiration from these remarkable depictions and recast the highly styled aesthetic of postwar Melbourne in a present-day setting.

Send your entry to with 'As Modern As Tomorrow' as the subject.

The winners will be announced at a party we’re throwing in September and will be featured in Broadsheet’s autumn print issue. They will also receive a credit for fine art printing at Michael’s Camera Video Digital shop to the values below:

First Prize: $2500 worth of printing credit
Second Prize: $1500 worth of printing credit
Third Prize: $1000 worth of printing credit

Entries close August 19, 2011.

As Modern As Tomorrow is open at The State Library until February 5, 2012.

Competition Terms and Conditions.