APA is an initiative of Fox Collective; a group of likeminded creatives dedicated to the belief that photography has the potential to bring people together and promote diversity and understanding. We build arts communities and initiatives which are free of elitism, they are accessible regardless of status or experience level. We are proud of our history of discovering new and emerging photographers alongside established artists. 

Some of our projects include:

  • Australian Photography Awards (APA) is an annual photographic competition which calls for stand alone imagery. Since launching in 2016 APA has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated photographic awards in Australia. Each year we continue to bush the boundary in both originality and inclusiveness
  • Stories was launched in 2020. This initiative celebrates important long-formed photographic narratives made by Australian photographers. Along with a digital platform, the Stories Journal featured our shortlisted 30 stories in print publication
  • The Fox Darkroom & Gallery (Fox) is a community activated space located in Melbourne’s inner west suburb of Kensington. Since launching in 2014, Fox has grown to become an important outpost for the public to engage in the photographic arts through exhibitions, artist talks, tours and an educational program specialising in traditional photographic techniques


Our core team is made up of  Harriet Tarbuck & Tom Goldner (Creative Directors), Stephen Ryan (Web and Design) and Angus Scott (Content and Communications). Whilst we collaborate regularly with the many creative practitioners, it is the power of a small team which enables us to consistently progress our initiatives each year.