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Entries Open June – August, 2024

Image © Matthew Newton / APA 2024

Australian Photography Awards 2024

Now in its ninth edition, APA is a diverse and progressive celebration of Australian photography. Each year we call for original and thought-provoking photography which expands our understanding of the world.

Through a major program taking place in Naarm/Melbourne, we continue to grow on the ways in which we exhibit, foster conversation and bring people together through photography. Alongside the prize pool, this program will provide the opportunity to take part in artist talks, a major exhibition and the 2024 APA Annual where selected photographers will be invited to participate as guests and be part of the central program.

Photos can be made anywhere in the world, just as long as the photographs are made by a person residing within Australia or any person living outside of Australia with Australian citizenship or residency.

As an organisation we seek meaning beyond the surface of the photograph, expanding and opening doors for new ways of seeing. In 2024 entrants can submit across seven diverse categories which encourage the different ways we can think about photography. We can’t wait to see what this year’s award will bring, and we’re excited to welcome new and returning photographers to our community.

Submissions are open from June – August 2024

2024 Categories

People
Image Amy Woodward

 

Environment
Image by Kate Molenkamp

 

Animal
Image by Jill Ashby

Documentary
Image by Leith Alexander

Experimental
Image by Chrystal de Louise

Student
Image by Adam Sinclair

Junior
Image by Persia Kirk

People’s Choice
Image by Carly Burns

Major Partners

APA 2024 Sponsors

Category Prizes

People

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

A$5,000 Nikon Australia voucher

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Environment

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

A$4,000 Kayell Australia voucher

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Documentary

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

A$5,000 Nikon Australia voucher

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Animal

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

Major prize TBC

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Experimental

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

A$4,000 HC Pro voucher

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Student

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

Mentorship with Sally Brownbill to the value of A$1100

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Junior

Shortlisted artists (50 from each category) will receive:

Submissions reviewed by the 2024 APA Committee comprised of leading practitioners and curators

Inclusion in the 2024 APA Exhibition through digital displays

Featured on the 2024 APA Shortlist Gallery website

Additionally, finalist artists (10 from each category) will receive:

Printed artwork featured in the 2024 APA Exhibition

Inclusion in the special edition 2024 Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibiting, printing and installation costs covered by Photo Collective

Additionally, the category winner will receive:

Personalised Mentorship Program with Photo Collective

Recognition across printed materials, website and social media

Complimentary ticketing to all APA 2024 Exhibition & Events

One hour mentorship session with Photo Collective

Submission Info

Rules

Do I retain copyright?
The copyright of photographs always and unconditionally remains the property of the photographer.

When does the competition close?
Entries close in August 19th, 2024 at 11:59pm AEST

Are there time restrictions on photographs?
We have no time restrictions on when an image was taken, we just can’t have seen it before in APA.

What if my images have been submitted into other competitions?
We accept imagery that has been submitted into other competitions or published through other channels, however we do not accept entries that have been submitted into APA in the past.

Does the content of the imagery need to be Australian?
No. Photos can be taken anywhere in the world, just as long as the photographs are made by a person residing within Australia or any person living outside of Australia with Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency.

How do I supply my files?
Images should be in JPEG format. Do not watermark or put any identifying branding on the images. These will not be considered for judging.

How do I name my files?
We don’t require your files to be named a certain way. When you submit an entry, our system generates an associated file name. Photographer information, category and descriptive text can all be added along with the image in the entry process.

Can I get feedback on my entries?
Entrants who submit eight or more entries will be entitled to a Personalised Feedback Session. In these sessions, a member of the APA committee will provide personal feedback in a one-on-one online setting.

Does APA accept AI Imagery?
APA does not accept AI and/or computational imagery across any of the 2024 categories. Whilst we are excited to see the changing ways in which our community utilise these new technologies, we feel we need further time and clarity to understand the issues around copyright, authorship and how AI is viewed in the greater context of photography. As an organisation which embraces the changing ways photographers harness technology, we feel other outlets through the Photo Collective platform such as our biannual magazine are better suited to explore this new form of image making.

Your Rights

As always our main priority is to support photographers. Photographers will retain all and unconditional copyright to their imagery. We will only use the photographer’s imagery to promote Australian Photography Awards, Stories, Australian Photobook Awards or Photo Collective and to celebrate and feature the photographer’s work. Imagery is always credited and for features we will work with the photographers for selection. If a photographer doesn’t want us to use imagery we will happily comply.

Judging Process

Initial Judging

Once entries close, Photo Collective administration will consider all submissions through a scoring system. During scoring the panel is free to discuss anything that may aid in judging. For example this may include explaining an uncommon technique used or identifying subject matter. The highest scoring 50 submissions across each category will then be shortlisted for the next round of judging. In the event of multiple submissions being tied, the panel may re-score the submissions in the tie, and discuss the merits of each image to come to a final decision. Once they have selected the top 50 submissions across each category, they will manually review all entries to ensure nothing was overlooked. If they feel there are more than 50 submissions in any category which are serious contenders they will bring them in for the next round. All shortlisted entrants will then be contacted by email and a public announcement will be made via email, social channels and through our website.

Final Judging

Following initial judging, the external APA committee members will discuss and review each of the shortlisted submissions. The committee will have the opportunity to preview all submissions before judging commences. Each entry is then scored and deliberated over to determine the final outcome. In the event of multiple entries being tied, the judging committee will discuss the merits of each of the entries to come to a final decision.

Winners Announcements

The winning entry from each category will be announced at the APA Event at Bodriggy Brewpub and through our social media platforms, email database and website. The top 10 submissions from each category will also be published in the 2024 APA Annual.

Other judging considerations

Administrators and employees of Photo Collective are not allowed to enter Australian Photography Awards. Neither is the judging committee for Australian Photography Awards allowed to enter. We are committed to ensuring that all entrants are treated equally regardless of their background or notoriety. We ensure our committee is held to the highest standard of ethics and every submission is treated with the same amount of time and respect. When discussing the shortlist, if committee members know the image or creator, they will acknowledge this briefly before presenting their ideas and thoughts so that this can be taken into consideration.

Pricing

Single entry cost is AUD$28
To enter Student or Junior, entrants complete a paid submission in any of the other categories. During the submission process, you can opt into the Student or Junior Award by selecting the check box. At this point entries will be automatically submitted to the Student or Junior Award alongside the chosen category at no additional cost. E.g. an image entered into the Portrait Category will cost AUD$28 and will also go into the Student or Junior Category at no additional cost.

APA Annual Publication

Cover images by Chris Round and Claudia Messenger, APA 2021 & 2020 Finalists.

The APA Annual is a publication highlighting the best from Australian photographers around the world.

Featured in 2024 APA Annual will be the top 10 winning and finalist imagery from the 2024 Australian Photography Awards. Through the seven main categories, the APA Annual will present a diverse range of perspectives and photographic practices to form a thorough survey of contemporary Australian photography. The APA Annual is as much a celebration of photography as it is a documentation of the year that was.

The APA Annual is created in collaboration with Momento Pro.

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