Australian Photography Awards

Entries closed for 2021. Cover image © Mridula Amin

August 4, 2021November 8th, 2021Opportunities

Photo Collective invites photographers to enter the 2021 Australian Photography Awards

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Since launching in 2016, APA has become an important space for the changing ways Australian photographers explore big ideas.

Each year, we call for original and thought-provoking photography. 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.

As an organisation which seeks meaning and hopes to promote understanding through photography, we endeavour to view imagery beyond its surface value, searching for layers and intent.

We search for work which pushes the boundaries of what a photograph can be. We welcome experimental, new and artful approaches to photography that may be overlooked in other awards. Read More.

Our eight diverse categories include:

Image by Nicole Reed


Image by Guy Havell


Wildlife & Animal
Image by Natalya Stone

Image by Isabella Melody Moore

Open & Illustrative
Image by Krystle Ricci

Image by Claudia Messenger

Image by Poppy Thannhauser

People’s Choice
Image by Rachael Tagg

Our 2021 committee is particularly interested in the new and exciting ways Australian photographers are approaching their practice. We encourage unique, artful and research driven approaches. When viewing work, we consider intent and meaning alongside technical ability.

Introducing the 2021 APA committee:

Photo Collective

Photo Collective

Photo collective represents photographers, advocates, educators and curators working towards the collective goal of celebrating and contributing to the changing ecology of Australian photography. We achieve this through award recognition, publications, exhibitions, community engagement initiatives and educational programs.

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