AFL Footy Focus

Budding photographers from around Australia submitted amazing photos from local and country footy as part of the Australian Football League Footy Focus photography competition.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Fitzroy VAFA Grand Final by Phylis QuealyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus

Grassroots footy brings the community together. The volunteers at the scoreboard, the pie nights, the coach who’s kissing his young daughter after her first-ever game. All images that conjure warm and familiar feelings for all who have a stake in the game.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Kerang v Koondrook-Braham by Chris BrownAustralian Football League

Suburban, rural and outback football ovals are places where you can go to escape a bad day at work or school, and where you have a chance to forget about things for a couple of hours.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, The Rules Explained (2019-07-27) by Phylis QuealyAustralian Football League

There is something about footy at the local level that captures people’s hearts.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Round 12 in the South West Football League (2019-07-07) by Jon GellweilerAustralian Football League

Budding sports photographers aren’t restricted in what they can capture. There aren’t too many sponsor issues or stadium rooves to contend with. There's also more mud than you would usually see in the big league.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Mount Evelyn Football Netball Club v Pakenham Football Club (2019-07-13) by Bethany HutchisonAustralian Football League

They have the access, and they instinctively know the key moments to have their cameras ready for. They understand how important the next win is to the players and to the spectators alike.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Chairing of a team mate on his 300th Senior Club Game (2019-07-13) by Lisa BurgeAustralian Football League

They are present when the team carries off their mate after his milestone match.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Beacy 45s SuperRules (2016-06-21) by Tim BowmanAustralian Football League

They're also there in the sheds when the team is spent, perhaps a little more inconspicuously, snapping as the players lean their tired heads against the wall.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Amata Bombers and the Titjikala Hawks (2015-09-26) by Nathan NunnAustralian Football League

They know the good spots in which to sit, making the most of the afternoon light as the young indigenous players contest the ball in the red dirt.

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Leroy Jetta of the Bendigo Bombers (2009) by Damian VisentiniAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Collection

Amateur photographers from across Australia have submitted pictures to the AFL’s inaugural Footy Focus competition. The local footy club is the lifeblood of a community and these images capture the essence and the heart of the game at the grassroots level. 

AFL Footy Focus Competition Winner, Round 17 Apollo Bay Hawks (2019-08-03) by Amber NosedaAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Ryan Harwood of the Western Magpies (2019-06-15) by Russell FreemanAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Coolaroo Football Club captain (2019-06-08) by Bridie FlemingAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Ethan Dalla Rosa Under 11s by Angela Dalla RosaAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Leaving the field dejected (2019-06) by Guy DraperAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Mallee Eagles FNC (2018-08-10) by Erin ScaresbrookAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Under 19's players cheering on Langwarrin (2019-07-13) by Riley LockettAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Under 17B Rowville Knights vs Ferntree Gully Eagles (2019-07-14) by Andrew WisemanAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Rowville Knights vs Ferntree Gully Eagles by Andrew WisemanAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Midland Football Club v Dwellingup Football Club (2017-08-20) by Michelle MagerAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Competition Finalist, The Penguins by Grant VineyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Strathfieldsaye V Sandhurst (2019-06-29) by Steve DilksAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Rye JFC U11s boys team (2019-07-28) by Yu LingAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Burnside Heights (2019-06-16) by Angela Dalla RosaAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Yarra Glen vs Belgrave (2017-09) by Andy StanleyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, South Croydon Bulldogs VS Rowville Hawks Club (2019-06-29) by Jayden HumphrisAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Parkdale Vultures vs St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, Round 10 (2019-06-22) by Riley LockettAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Heidelberg vs Hurstbridge (2019-04-13) by Rose ZaruckyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Brad Cooper of the Brigades takes a speccy (2018) by Justine RoweAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Kick to kick with Dad (2019-06-08) by John CarrAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Unley Mercedes Jets V Old Ignatians Football Club (2018-05-26) by Matt OveryAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Stony Creek Vs Foster Round 12 (2019-07-13) by Lisa BurgeAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Chaz Sargeant of Heidelberg celebrating (2019-07-13) by Nathan McNeillAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Campbell’s Creek V Maryborough Rovers (2019-07-27) by Madeleine McMullinAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Under 13 Bomaderry Tigers Girls Team (2019-08-04) by Paul DavidsonAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Jaron Murphy lining up for a shot at goal by Nathan McNeillAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Battle On by Phylis QuealyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Amata Bombers v Pipalyatjara Lions (2019-05-26) by Colin UrenAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, No Battles (2018-07-28) by Phylis QuealyAustralian Football League

AFL Footy Focus Finalist, Melbourne University sports ground (2019-07) by Phylis QuealyAustralian Football League

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