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Australian Life photography competition 2022

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Every day, all day Thursday 5 May to Tuesday 24 May



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

Whether you’re 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 or subcultures, 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, from 15 September to 9 October.

Entries close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 24 May.

Tip: It’s a great idea to read the image specifications and Australian Life terms and 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

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 share JPEG files no greater than 5MB.

  • If you’re chosen as a finalist, we may require a higher resolution image. You may also share a print or transparency.

  • Finalist images will be reproduced for the exhibition to the scale of around 3:2 ratio 1860mm high by 2800mm wide. Entries won’t be cropped if they fulfil the ratio and size, compatible with the 35mm format. If your work does require cropping, please supply the layout and cropping details with your entry.

  • Any editing of entries should maintain the integrity of the original image’s content and context.

  • Finalists will be notified of any changes to final exhibition dimensions.

  • Please ensure your images are of sufficiently high quality and well-exposed, sharp and clear with good contrast for reproduction and printing.

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

Terms and conditions

Please read Australian Life terms and conditions  before entering for your best shot at winning.

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