This year it is the 50th Anniversary of state government heritage legislation in Victoria. This is a milestone for the many important places and objects protected in the Victorian Heritage Register.

To celebrate this milestone, Open House Melbourne and the Heritage Council of Victoria presented Open FRAME: capturing 50 years of heritage, a photography competition for all Victorians to capture their favourite building or object on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The judging panel of John Gollings, Maddison Miller and Michael Cook selected the winners, noting this of the winning photograph Sandridge Railway Bridge over Yarra River by Chairim Byun.

“We were struck by the power and integrity of the composition firstly, followed by the soft light and open shadows which is entrancing to the viewer.”

Congratulations to all who entered into Open FRAME.

To engage with buildings on the Victorian Heritage Register during the Open House Melbourne Weekend, check out the Heritage Highlights itinerary.

John Gollings

Maddison Miller

Michael Cook

John Gollings is a photographer, making his first photographs at age eleven. Later John studied Arts/Architecture at Melbourne University and RMIT. As his contemporaries in architecture developed their practices, so the amount of architectural photography increased. John is considered one of the most interesting of Australia’s architectural documenters.

Maddison Miller is a member of the Heritage Council and a Darug woman and Lecturer in Ecological Knowledge at the University of Melbourne. Maddi is an accomplished archaeologist, with experience in deep time and historical archaeology as well as heritage management. She is deeply interested in connecting many ways of knowing to care for Country.


Michael Cook is a landscape architect and senior heritage consultant at Lovell Chen. Also drawing on past professional experiences in urban design across a range of public projects, from major civil infrastructure and streetscape improvements to small plazas and garden features, Michael promotes of best practice outcomes for heritage places across Australia. .