Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Gardens of Stone: In Focus

Gardens of Stone: In Focus

Photographic Exhibition

Weekend of 17 - 18 September 2016

Opens Saturday 10AM, closes Sunday 2PM 
FREE Award ceremony and refreshments from Saturday 2PM

Silent Auction from 2PM - Download Auction Catalogue

The New Law Building, University of Sydney

In 2015, groups of professional and non-professional photographers crossed the Blue Mountains on various expeditions into the rugged landscapes of the Gardens of Stone. An area of internationally and nationally significant natural assets, from stunning rock formations to endangered swamps, the Gardens of Stone region is a place worth saving.

Sadly coal mining in the region continues to degrade its creeks and rivers and contribute to the collapse of cliff faces, and if we do not act soon, this natural wonderland, Sydney's equivalent to the Bungle Bungle Range, will be damaged beyond recovery.

The photographers returned with hundreds of exquisite images that capture the breathtaking beauty of the Gardens of Stone. This September, 160 of the most striking photographs will come to Sydney in the "Gardens of Stone: In Focus" Photographic Exhibition, curated by Anthony Bond OAM, former Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW. A caleidoscope of images that showcases why these extraordinary landscapes deserve protection for both conservation and recreation will be presented. 

Visit the exhibition for free and meet some of the photographers who ventured out into this spectacular part of Australia to captured its beauty on camera. Be inspired to follow in their footsteps - by visiting the Gardens of Stone for yourself or by sharing their passion in their talks and workshops about landscape photography and conservation during the exhibition.

Register today for your chance to win a $100 dinner voucher for Rubyo's in Newtown. The hosts of our celebration dinner are excited to donate this prize and welcome the lucky winner to this stylish spot with white tablecloths, eclectic share plates and cocktails.

All registrations received by Sunday August 21 go into the draw. The winner will be drawn during the afternoon celebration on Saturday 17th from 2:00PM. You must be present to win it!

Entry to the exhibition and the catered award ceremony is free.
Workshops and talks are accessible with day passes.

Celebration event and awards ceremony

Join our host, Julie McCrossin, and MC, Joan Domicelj AM, in Celebrating the Gardens of Stone. This catered function starts on Saturday 17, from 2PM and refreshments will be served.


  • Launch of Gardens of Stone values report – Ian Brown
  • Winning Photographers Awards presentation 
  • Julie McCrossin
  • Gardens of Stone Video launch PLUS
  • Gardens of Stone visitors map - revised edition
  • Refreshments and fun

Talks & Workshops

Register and purchase a one day pass ($30) for Saturday or a two day pass ($55) for the weekend to join us at the talks and workshops, with refreshments included.



10am Welcome to "Gardens of Stone: In Focus"
10.15am The Pagodas Landscapes of the Gardens of Stone and their International Significance
Dr Haydn Washington​ 

Bushwalking adventures and exploration in GOS2 The Bush Explorers

10.45am Morning tea
10.45am Morning tea
11am Saving the Gardens of Stone, one picture at a time: Photography's role in Conservation Campaigns
Janine Kitson and Henry Gold
11am Botanical exploration and adventure in the Gardens of Stone
Dr Doug Benson
12pm - 1pm Making scenes shine: Lessons in photography learned in the Gardens of Stone
Gary Hayes
12pm - 12.30pm Mining and mischief in the Gardens and what's being done about it
Keith Muir

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Event Details

17 September 2016 10AM - 18 September 2016 1PM
The New Law Building (F10)
Level 3, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Phone: 02 9261 2400 
One Day Pass $ 30.00
Two Day Pass $ 55.00
Dinners at Rubyos $ 60.00
Exhibition and Celebration $ 0.00