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.

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 18th, 2021. 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 2021 we are excited to offer eight diverse categories and an impressive prize pool including Nikon camera kits, Epson printers, Ilford fine-art paper packages, printing & framing credits with Format Framing, career development sessions with The Brownbill Effect, publication opportunities with Momento Pro and cash prizes provided by Photo Collective.

Our categories include:

Wildlife & Animal
Open & Illustrative
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

2021 Committee

APA Annual

Along with features and digital galleries across the Photo Collective platform, APA winners and finalists are recognised by major national and international news outlets. APA is an opportunity for finalist imagery to be seen and considered by some of the top picture editors and curators around the country.

In addition, the top 20 shortlisted images from the seven major categories including Landscape, Portrait, Documentary, Wildlife & Animal, Open & Illustrative, Student and Junior are featured in print through the APA Annual. Each year, the Annual celebrates a diverse range of perspectives and photographic practices to form a complete image of contemporary Australian photography.

See the 2020 APA Annual