Photography is a powerful medium that brings people together and promotes understanding. It teaches us about the world outside of our regular scope of view and informs us. We are searching for imagery which deepens our understanding, celebrates diversity and allows us to see from a unique perspective.


Often we see the same imagery being recycled through competition circles and the same photographers being championed year after year. While this kind of recognition is important, sometimes the noise surrounding recognised artists can be so loud that it leaves limited room for emerging artists. This is why the APA committee takes every entrant’s work seriously to make sure that nobody is overlooked. We are proud of our history of awarding and discovering new and emerging photographers alongside established artists.


Competitions can be a hazardous space to navigate. This is why we work so hard to make our operation clear and fair for our entrants. The rights of our entrants always come first and foremost. Copyright always stays with the entrant and  imagery entered into APA is never sold on to third parties. 


We always ask permission before imagery is used for anything other than to promote the entrants position within the competition or the competition itself. 

Do I retain copyright?

We understand the importance of image copyright. As such, the copyright of photographs always and unconditionally remains the property of the photographer. APA and our sponsors may use imagery to advertise APA, showcase finalists and feature photography through our website and social media channels. A credit will always be front and centre wherever an image is used. If an entrant is not wanting us to use their imagery in this way we will happily comply.

Are there time restrictions on photographs?

We have no time restrictions on when an image was taken, we just can’t have seen it before in APA.

Can my images have been submitted into other competitions?

We do not accept entries that have been submitted into APA in the past, however, if it has been submitted into other competitions or has been published elsewhere that is perfectly fine. Imagery which has been entered in Stories is also eligible to be entered into APA.

Does the content of the imagery need to be Australian?

No. 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.

How do I supply my files?

Images should be sized between 1mb and 4mb. Do not watermark or put any identifying branding on the images. These will not be considered for judging as these cannot be viewed anonymously.

How do I name my files?

We don’t require your files to be named a certain way. When you submit an entry, our system generates an associated file name. Photographer information, category and descriptive text can all be added along with the image in the entry process.

How much does it cost to enter?

We have pricing tiers to accommodate multiple image entries. All monetary amounts are stated in AUD.

• Single entry cost is $28
• 3 images cost $75 ($28 for additional images)
• 8 images cost $195 ($25 for additional images)

Why is there an entry fee?

Running a competition such as APA is simply not possible without funding. As an organisation which stands firmly for protecting the rights of the photographers we represent our ethos is to operate with transparency, integrity and fairness. We endeavour to do the same within our organisation. As such, our staff, committee and contractors are all paid fairly for their work.

How can I be part of the conversation?

We welcome engagement through our social channels on Facebook and Instagram. If you have direct feedback, either positive or negative we love to hear from you. Please reach us at [email protected]

We encourage comments, debate and engagement through our social media channels but have no tolerance for abusive behavior. As a policy we don’t delete posts and endeavour to address any concerns publically. However we do not tolerate behaviour that compromises the work of the individuals we feature.

For further information please view our Terms and Conditions.