* Video taken from the APA 2019 exhibition

Congratulations to all our 2021 entrants. This year we asked for photography which presents layers and delves deeper than the surface of the photograph. We are so impressed by the incredibly diverse and innovative photography we received. Once again you, our community, have blown us away with the way you see the world.

For those who don’t see their names shortlisted below, please don’t feel disheartened. We feel so honoured to have viewed your images and heard your voice, and we look forward to seeing your work continue to develop into the future. 

During this week, our committee is considering the top 75 shortlisted entries from each of the seven categories. The top 20 images from across each of our main categories will be featured in print in the APA 2021 Annual, made in collaboration with our friends at Momento Pro. Limited to 100 copies, pre-order your APA Annual here.

Please see the 2021 Shortlist below, presented in alphabetical order by category. If you love an image, consider clicking through to the entrants People’s Choice gallery and giving them your vote.

Category winners will be announced via our social media and website each day from November 29th to December 3rd. Stay tuned for more updates.

Content Warning: Each year our community entrusts us with images that contain sensitive themes and/or experiences. We hold this responsibility with the deepest respect. This gallery contains imagery that may be distressing, and we advise our audience use personal discretion when viewing.

The images from the year that was



Presented in alphabetical order