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Customs House exhibition: Australian Life 2022

Customs House
Customs House
31 Alfred Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Weekdays, 10am to 6pm Weekends, 10am to 4pm Monday 9 January to Friday 30 June

Exhibition open library hours, closed on public holidays.



Visit Customs House and take a journey through the 2022 Australian Life photography prize finalists.

Take an incredible journey through contrasting scenes of love, destruction and cheek with this year’s Australian Life photography prize finalists. On show at Customs House.

From heart-achingly intimate portraits to larger-than-life spectacle, these 28 images encapsulate Australia’s unique personality. Every image demands a response, and some may linger in your mind..

Youthful defiance, loss, small-town stardom, quiet reflections and renewed vitality – these documented moments represent a multitude of stories that make up Australian Life.

This year’s grand prize winner is Matthew Abbot, and people’s choice award winner, Katelyn Slyer.

About Australian Life

Australian Life is one of Australia’s biggest – and most democratic – photography prizes. For more than 15 years, amateur and professional photographers have submitted their epic and intimate images of Australia. The finalists, and the $10,000 grand prize winner, were chosen by a panel of professional photographers, artists, and curators.

Australian Life is produced by the City of Sydney as part of Art & About Sydney, an ongoing program of temporary art projects in unusual spaces.

Images: (1) Grand Prize Winner Matthew Abbott, Hunting with Fire, Djulkar waterfall, West Arnhem Land, NT (2) People’s choice winner Katelyn Slyer, Wombarra Bowling Club, NSW (3) Brad Walls, Division, Sydney, NSW (4) Natalie Grono, Lost Worlds, Lismore, NSW



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