To mark the 30th anniversary of Toowoomba’s Sister City ties with Takatsuki in Japan, Toowoomba Regional Council is calling on photographers to submit pictures capturing the Regions’ special features.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said entries were open for the youth and adult categories in the Sister City Photographic Competition, which closes on February 27.

“We’re proud to mark 30 years of friendship with Takatsuki and will commemorate the occasion with our Sister City Exhibition and Photographic Competition,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Photographers of all abilities are invited to enter their pictures that reveal our Region’s unique landscapes or characters. The competition also is open to Takatsuki photographers, with prizes on offer.

“There is no shortage of subject matter to inspire photographers. I look forward to seeing the stunning competition entries.”

Participants can enter up to four photographs. To submit entries, visit   Winners will be announced on March 7.

In addition to hosting a competition, the website listed above contains an online Sister City Photography Exhibition that has been curated by the Toowoomba Photographic Society and the Takatsuki Koeisha Photograph Association.

A full catalogue of competition entries will be added to the exhibition when the winners are announced.

Budding photographers can take advantage of free online workshops with Toowoomba Photographic Society members this month.

Register for one of the workshops to fine-tune your skills whether you are using a DSLR camera or a smartphone.

Workshops will be held on February 12 and 16 with youth events on February 14 and 19. Visit for details.

Sister City history:
Takatsuki, Japan

A formal Sister City agreement between Toowoomba and Takatsuki officially was established on November 13, 1991.

The Declaration of Friendship agrees to deepen the relationship through mutually beneficial exchanges in the educational, cultural, sporting and commercial arenas.

Toowoomba and Takatsuki have enjoyed a very active relationship with many exchanges occurring over the years, including student study tour exchanges.

Takatsuki, with a population of 355,000 people, is located almost halfway between Osaka and Kyoto in the southern section of the Honshu Island of Japan.