Australian Life photography competition

A nation-wide photography competition and exhibition open to professional and amateurs.

A man stands alone in a forest filled with smoke from the bushfires.

Applications are closed

Key dates:

  • Applications open: Sunday 25 April
  • Applications close: Midnight, Tuesday 25 May Sydney time
  • Exhibition: Thursday 16 September to Sunday 10 October

Pictured above: Burn, David Smith (2019 finalist).

Photography prize and exhibition 2021

Australian Life showcases scenes and stories that make us laugh, cry, wonder and amaze.

From the epic to the intimate, the harsh to the fragile, Australia holds so many experiences for so many people.

Whether you’re a professional or amateur, we want to see Australian Life through your lens.

You may capture any aspect of Australia – everyday occurrences, fleeting moments, unusual places, intriguing characters, the diversity of cultures, celebrations or rituals, natural or artificial environments.

From the entries we receive, 28 finalists will be selected to have their work enlarged and exhibited in Hyde Park north, Sydney.

Please read the image specifications and Australian Life terms and conditions before entering for your best shot at becoming a finalist and winning the top prize.

Grand prize

The $10,000 Australian Life prize will be awarded for the most outstanding work in the exhibition, determined by a distinguished panel of judges.

People’s choice award

New for 2021, the people’s choice award invites everyone to vote for their favourite during the exhibition.

The photographer who receives the most votes will receive an Olympus professional pack valued at over $5,000.

Image specifications

All works are required in landscape orientation to be exhibited horizontally.

Please supply JPEG files that are no greater than 5 MB.

If you’re chosen as a finalist, you may be required to provide a higher resolution image. You may also provide a print or transparency.

Finalist images will be reproduced for the exhibition to the scale of approximately 3:2 ratio 1860mm high x 2800mm wide.

Please supply images that conform to this ratio and size, calculated to be compatible with the 35mm format. Finalists will be notified of any changes to final exhibition dimensions.

Your images must be of sufficiently high quality, for example: sharp, clear, good contrast, and well-exposed for reproduction and printing processes.

Digital files for finalist images should be set at 75 DPI RGB TIFF or grayscale for black and white.

Images will not be cropped if they fulfil the ratio and required size. If your work does require cropping, please supply the layout and cropping details with your entry.

Any editing of images should maintain the integrity of the original images’ content and context.


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