About the Awards

Australian Photography Awards (APA) is an initiative operated by Photo Collective.

Since launching in 2016, APA has become an important space for the changing ways Australian photographers explore big ideas.

Each year, we call for original and thought-provoking photography. 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 or residency.

As an organisation which seeks meaning and hopes to promote understanding through photography, we endeavour to view imagery beyond its surface value, searching for layers and intent.

We search for work which pushes the boundaries of what a photograph can be. We welcome experimental, new and artful approaches to photography that may be overlooked in other awards.

Entries are open from August to October 3rd, 2022. No extended deadlines. Entries start at A$30 with discount packages available along with student and junior concessions.

Read more about our work at Photo Collective

Categories and Prizes

In 2022 we are excited to offer eight diverse categories and an impressive prize pool including Nikon camera kits, Epson printers, Eizo monitors, printing & framing credits with Format Framing, mentoring with The Brownbill Effect, publication opportunities with Momento Pro, filter and accessory kits by Urth and cash prizes provided by Photo Collective.

Our categories include:

People’s Choice

We actively grow and change our committee annually to ensure diversity. The committee is curated each year with special consideration to pair committee members with categories that represent their understanding and experience.

Read more about our categories and prizes

2022 Committee

APA Event

Join us for a unique and exciting celebration of Australian photography at the 2022 APA Exhibition and Awards Night. Along with a vibrant program comprising a major immersive exhibition printed on Canson Infinity papers, the weekend event will include an opening celebration with winners announcements, artist talks, live music, workshops, demonstrations with our industry partners and photobook displays.

Bodriggy Brewpub, 245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Friday 18th November – Sunday 20th November

APA Annual

Cover images by Chris Round and Claudia Messenger, APA 2021 & 2020 Finalists.

The APA Annual is a publication highlighting the best from Australian photographers around the world.

Featured in 2022 APA Annual will be the top 20 winning and finalist imagery from the 2022 Australian Photography Awards. Through the seven main categories, the APA Annual will present a diverse range of perspectives and photographic practices to form a thorough survey of contemporary Australian photography. The APA Annual is as much a celebration of photography as it is a documentation of the year that was.

The publication contains 72 pages of beautiful, striking imagery. The APA Annual is created in collaboration with Momento Pro.

See the 2021 APA Annual