for PHOTOGRAPHIC artists
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Australia Council for the Arts
Organisation: Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.
Summary: Offers a broad range of grants, scholarships, fellowships, awards, and supports international initiatives.
Further information: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
Organisation: ANAT supports artists and creative practitioners engaging with science and technology, within Australia and beyond.
Summary: Program includes a range of labs and residencies.
Further information: http://www.anat.org.au/category/news/
National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd (NAVA)
Organisation: Advocacy, advice and professional practice resources for the Australian visual arts, craft and design sector.
Summary: NAVA offers support and opportunities to artists through its grant program. The NAVA grant program offers grants, awards and scholarships.
Further information: http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants
NAVA: ArtsCareer Website
Organisation: ArtsCareer is a professional development hub for artists and educators in Australia.
Summary: Provides extensive listings of resources, opportunities and upcoming events to help you with your artistic and career development.
Further information: http://www.artscareer.com.au/
Organisation: Australian Government agency operating under the Commonwealth Film Program.
Summary: Screen Australia supports and promotes the development of the Australian film production industry by offering a broad range of programs and funding.
Further information: http://www.afc.gov.au/funding/default.aspx
Australian Artists' Grant
Organisation: National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
Award: $500 for individuals and $1 000 for groups.
Summary: The Australian Artists' Grant (formerly the Janet Holmes à Court Artists' Grant) is designed to provide financial assistance to professional artists for the public presentation of their work
Further information: http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants/australian-artists-grant
The Pool Grant
Organisation: The Pool Collective
Award: $10,000, one years mentorship, a solo exhibition.
Summary: Pool is an artists collective that develops partnerships with other artists as well as fostering relationships with organisations, clients and agents. The grant is Pool's cornerstone and supports a member of the creative community in the fulfilment of a photographic project.
Further Info: http://www.thepoolcollective.com/pool-grant/
Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women (MDPPfW)
Organisation: A prize celebrating the life and work of Melbourne based photographer Maggie Diaz.
Award: $5000 (first prize), $1000 (people's choice award), finalists exhibited at BRIGHTSPACE.
Summary: Entry is open to women of all ages, backgrounds and career levels - photographs must be creative, original and have been taken using only available light.
Further information: http://www.maggiediazprize.com/
Organisation: PhotoMarathon Melbourne
Award: Overall winner receives vouchers to local photographic organisations, category winners receive framed prints of their entries, all submissions exhibited at Magnet Gallery in the CBD
Summary: PhotoMarathon Melbourne invites photographers of all ages and skill sets to participate in a one day photo-marathon on Saturday 29th April. With complete reign over creativity and subject matter, participants are prompted to take 9 photos over 9 hours within the vicinity of Melbourne. Participation fee $25, or $15 for under 18s.
Further Info: http://www.photomarathonmelbourne.com.au/
Presented by Leica and Ilford
Organisation: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Leica and Ilford.
Summary: The CCP Salon is an annual event celebrating the latest developments in photo-based practice.
Award: Exhibition in the annual CCP Salon at CCP and the opportunity to win a prize in one of 25 categories. See website for full list of prize categories.
Further information: ph (03) 9417 1549, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.ccp.org.au/salon_2016.php
ANZANG Nature and Landscape Competition
Organisation: South Australian Museum.
Summary: The annual photography competition highlights Australasia's unique geographical area by encouraging conservation and protection of the region's native flora and fauna.
Award: All photographs must be of natural fauna, flora or wilderness. All photographs must have been taken in the bioregion. For the purposes of this competition, this means Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region. There are 10 competition categories, and up to 4 images may be entered in each of the 10 categories.
Further information: http://www.anzangnature.com
The Archangel Prize
Organisation: St Michael's Grammar School
Summary: With Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE as its Patron, the St Michael's Exhibition and Archangel Prize aims to link education and arts communities, and to provide a new source of support for artists.
Award: $5 000 acquisitive.
Further information: https://www.stmichaels.vic.edu.au/web.cfm?smgp=DA376148-5056-B951-9235CCB7BB38E5FA
Cancer Council Arts Awards
Organisation: Cancer Council.
Summary: An annual, thematic awards program established as a means for people touched by cancer to communicate their experiences in a creative way.
Award: Accepts entries in 9 categories, including visual art and Indigenous visual art and film.
Further information: http://www.cancervic.org.au/how-you-can-help/artsawards
Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)
Organisation: Canon Australia and Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).
Summary: Professional photographers from Australia and New Zealand compete for a number of annual industry awards by submitting 3 or 4 images, which are judged by a panel of their peers.
Award: The premier award is the title of 'The Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year'. Each year award winning images are published in an Awards Book. The APPA usually coincides with the staging of an annual photo-imaging exhibition organised by the Photo Imaging Council of Australia (PICA).
Further information: ph (03) 9856 0700, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Head On Awards
Organisation: Head On Photo Festival.
Summary: The Head On Awards are Australia's most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition and exhibition reflecting a vibrant diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices
Award: Prizes awarded to 3 photographers for the best Australian contemporary photographic portrait.
Further information: http://www.headon.com.au/content/head-portrait-prize
Linden Postcard Show
Organisation: Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Summary: Annual open entry award exhibition featuring small contemporary art work in a variety of media. Open to all Australian residents.
Awards: Linden Award $5 000; Palais Theatre Management Artist Support Award $2 000; Yarra Trams Award $1 000; Member for Albert Park Award $600; St Kilda Art Supplies Award $1 000 worth of art materials. 6 Postcard winners each receive $250 and have their work reproduced as Linden Postcards.
Further information: ph (03) 9534 0099, email email@example.com or visit http://www.lindenarts.org/
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Organisation: Moran Health Care Group.
Summary: Open to all Australian residents, this competition promotes digital and film-based photography. Exhibition of finalists to be held at Juniper Hall Paddington and a subsequent touring exhibition.
Further information: http://www.moranprizes.com.au
National Photographic Portrait Prize
Organisation: National Portrait Gallery.
Summary: The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an important aspect of the Gallery's exhibition program, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. Entries open again early next year.
Award: $25 000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.
Further information: http://www.portrait.gov.au/
Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award
Organisation: Art & Australia magazine and Credit Suisse Private Banking
Summary: The Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award facilitates the promotion of the work of an emerging artist. Artists must be within the first 5 years of practice and have had their work publically exhibited previously. Four artists will be selected every 12 months.
Award: The publishing an image of the winner's work on the back cover of Art & Australia magazine and an article on the winner's practice, as well as the opportunity to be selected for the acquisition of their work to the Art & Australia collection.
Further information: http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants/art-and-australia-award
Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture
Organisation: Tweed River Art Gallery and the Cotton family.
Summary: The Olive Cotton Award is a biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated by her family in the memory of Olive Cotton, one of Australia's leading twentieth century photographers. It is open to both emerging and established photographers.
Award: $20 000 prize.
Further information: http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ArtGallery/ArtGalleryPrizesHome.aspx
THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Price
Organisation: Bega Valley Regional Gallery.
Summary: THE SHIRL : National Youth Portrait Price is a biannual portrait price for artists between the ages 16 – 25 and specifically designed for young and emerging Australian artists.
Award: $10 000 acquisitive. Entries can be of any 2D traditional medium or a digital new media piece, e.g. animation or gif. The work must be original and completed within the last 12 months.
Further information: http://shirleyhannan.com and http://gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au
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Opportunities and Residencies
Realise Your Dream Award
Organisation: British Council of Australia.
Summary: The British Council Realise Your Dream Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and creative industries, offering talented Australians the chance to further their careers in the UK. Now in its eight year, Realise Your Dream provides financial and professional support to help the winners make lasting connections and expand their horizons in one of the world's most vibrant cultural settings.
Award: Winners receive: $8 000 cash as a NAB Cash Passport to assist with expenses in the UK; a return Virgin Atlantic economy flight to the UK; a tailored professional development programme, devised in consultation with the British council.
Further information: http://www.realiseyourdream.org.au/index.php
Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
Organisation: University of South Australia.
Summary: The University of South Australia offers annual scholarships for study overseas in the visual arts on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, late of Naples, Florida USA.
Award: Each scholarship is intended to cover the reasonable costs for a period of 12 months overseas. In 2012 this will include a tax-exempt stipend equivalent to US $37 000, return airfares and institutional fees for 1 academic year.
Further information: http://www.unisa.edu.au/samstag/apply
Organisation: Res Artis Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies
Summary: Res Artis is a worldwide network of residential art programs that provides a comprehensive list of international residencies.
Further information: http://www.resartis.org/en/
W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
Organisation: W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.
Summary: The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.
Further information: http://smithfund.org/
Akademie Schloss Solitude Residencies (Stuttgart)
Organisation: Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Summary: The Akademie Schloss Solitude combines the idea of an academy for scientific and artistic exchange with that of a retreat. The Akademie, founded at Solitude in 1990, operates in the intermediary space between private and public, where art is reflected upon and produced but where it also finds a connection to the public.
Award: 50 to 60 fellowships are allocated every 24 months. Akademie Schloss Solitude has 45 studios at its disposal. The fellowship includes a combined apartment / studio and a stipend amounting to Euro 1,000 Euros per month. The fellowship is open to artists under the age of 35 and who are within the first five years of finishing their university degree.
Further information: http://www.akademie-solitude.de/410_fellowship_cond.php
Organisation: Australian-American Fulbright Commission.
Summary: The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. It operates between the United States and over 150 countries worldwide. The mission of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission is to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States. It does this primarily through the administration of Fulbright scholarships.
Award: Scholarship valued at up to A$45 000, which includes: generous travel entitlement; monthly stipend for a maximum of 12 months; establishment and baggage allowances; transport and accommodation to attend an Orientation Program and the Fulbright Presentation Dinner in Australia (March); transport and accommodation to an Enrichment Seminar with international Fulbright Scholars in the U.S.; professional network to U.S., Australian and international Fulbright Scholars and distinguished alumni. Postgraduates can remain in the U.S. for up to 1 year following their Fulbright program, under 'academic training' to undertake work in their field in the U.S.
Further information: http://www.fulbright.com.au/index.html
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
Organisation: The Freedman Foundation.
Summary: Provides assistance towards travel (for educational purposes) and/or tuition costs for young people building a career in the visual arts in the areas of painting, photography or sculpture.
Award: $5 000 (excluding GST).
Further information: http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants/freedman-foundation-travelling-scholarship
MacDowell Colony Residency Program
Organisation: MacDowell Colony.
Summary: The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire is the USA's leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.
Award: A MacDowell Fellowship consists of the exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
Further information: http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html
Art Park/Atlantic Residency Program
Organisation: Art Park/Atlantic
Summary: The program aims to financially support an artist, allowing them to produce a body of work outside of their everyday environment. Two 6-week residencies are offered each year.
Award: The Art Park/Atlantic Artist Residency Program supplies and funds the following: fully furnished accommodation for a period of up to 6 weeks; a studio/workshop space; printmaking studio; return economy class travel from the artists home to Byron Bay, Australia; a daily allowance will be paid to the artist to assist with miscellaneous daily expenses.
Further information: http://theartpark.com.au/artist-residency
Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Residence
Organisation: Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
Summary: The Rijksakademie residency is a place for research and production for talented, professional artists from all over the world. There are 55 studios where for a period of 2 years resident artists can conduct research, experiments and work on projects.
Award: Offers studio, housing, stipend and work budget, production platforms and research centres.
Further information: http://www.rijksakademie.nl/ENG/residency/
Light Work Residency
Organisation: Light Work.
Summary: Each year Light Work invites 12 to 15 artists to participate in its residency program. Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse, USA for 1 month. The residency is open to artists working in photography and related media.
Award: $4 000 stipend, an apartment, private digital studio, private darkroom and 24 hour access to facilities.
Further information: http://www.lightwork.org/residency/resinfo.html
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Australian Capital Territory
Organisation: artsACTS, ACT Government's arts agency.
Summary: The artsACT Fund is one of the main ways the ACT Government provides direct support to the arts. Each year, applications are invited from all artists, groups and organisations wishing to undertake arts programs, projects and activities in the ACT.
Further information: http://www.arts.act.gov.au/arts_grants
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New South Wales
Arts NSW funding and support
Organisation: Arts NSW, NSW Government's arts agency.
Summary: Arts NSW offers a broad range of grants, scholarships, fellowships and awards.
Further information: http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/index.php/category/funding-and-support/
Mosman Youth Art Prize
Organisation: Mosman Art Gallery.
Summary: This annual competition has been held since 1988 and is open to all young people aged 12-20 years. The competition is aimed at encouraging the creative talents of young people and providing a showcase for the community to view their works.
Award: Cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded for a wide variety of art media such as painting, photography, drawing, pottery, printing, etching, textiles and computer art.
Further information: http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/art-prizes/mosman-youth-art-prize
New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography
Organisation: Australian Museum, Sydney.
Summary: The New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography recognises and rewards outstanding science photography. It is awarded to an Australian/s over the age of 18 for a single photograph taken in the past 2 years that most effectively communicates an aspect of science.
Award: 1st: $5 000; 2nd: $3 000; 3rd: $2 000.
Further information: http://eureka.australianmuseum.net.au/eureka-prize/science-photography4
Photography Art Literature and Music (PALM) Awards
Organisation: University of Sydney Union (USU).
Summary: The PALM Awards aim to recognise and support the University of Sydney's most talented student members across Photography, Art, Literature and Music. The PALM Awards are an opportunity for all student artists from all campuses and faculties of the University of Sydney to expose their work to industry professionals and the local community.
Award: $13 500.
Further information: http://www.usydunion.com/Get_Involved/Competitions_Awards_Grants/Photo_Art_Lit_Music_Awards/Default.aspx
Macquarie Photography Prize (MPP)
Organisation: Australian Art Sales
Summary: The Macquarie Photography Prize is a competition open to international entrants of all ages. Each year there are 4 categories, with 25 entrants chosen as finalists from each section to exhibit in shows across New South Wales, Australia.
Awards: Best in Show; 4 Sectional Winners; People's Choice Award.
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Northern Territory Arts and Screen Industry Grants
Organisation: Northern Territory Government: Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport.
Summary: Arts and Screen Industry Support aims to provide access to the Northern Territory's natural and social heritage, support artistic development and provide a link to national and international cultural data, enhancing opportunities to be informed, entertained and inspired. The NT government provides development opportunities, support for festivals, grants for arts and screen projects, training and development opportunities for filmmakers and artists, and funding to arts organizations.
Further information: http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/arts/artsnt/grants/index.html
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Arts Queensland Industry Grants
Organisation: Arts Queensland
Summary: Arts Queensland aims to capitalise on Queensland's unique cultural strengths and diversity, to develop areas with the greatest potential for growth and quality work and to enhance engagement with arts and culture. Funding is allocated to a wide range of recipients from arts organisations, individual artists and regional arts development.
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award
Organisation: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.
Summary: The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is open to Australian photographers and covers a wide range of genres: portraiture, street photography, conceptual photography and architectural photography.
Award: The winner receives a $20 000 prize and their work is acquired by Gold Coast City Gallery. The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation provide an additional $10 000 for acquisitions to the collection.
Further information: http://www.theartscentregc.com.au/whats-on/whats-on-items/josephine-ulrick-photography-award
Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Award
Organisation: The Heritage Building Society, Toowoomba.
Summary: The Heritage Acquisitive Photographic Award is an annual event that attracts more than 550 entries from around Australia. The awards are one of the richest competitions of their type in Australia. Each year a qualified judging panel selects 50 prints to be exhibited at the University of Southern Queensland Art Gallery.
Award: Prizes valued at more than $8 000 with 3 prints acquired by Heritage for inclusion in their highly regarded corporate art collection.
Further information: http://www.heritage.com.au/People-First/Sponsorship-Events/Photographic-Awards.aspx
Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP)
Organisation: Sunshine Coast Regional Council and principal partner Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc.
Summary: SCAP is a national contemporary painting and 2D art prize. As an acquisitive prize, over time this initiative will build a significant art collection for the Sunshine Coast.
Award: The Major Prize winner receives $25 000, with $5000 for a Highly Commended Prize and $2500 for the People’s Choice Prize. A Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency is also available.
Further information: https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/
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Arts South Australia Support and Funding
Organisation: Arts South Australia
Summary: Arts SA provides support and funding within the arts and culture sector.
Carclew Youth Arts Funding, Scholarships and Awards
Organisation: Carclew Youth Arts
Summary: Carclew Youth Arts is South Australia's only multi-artform and cultural organisation dedicated to artistic outcomes by and for people aged 26 and under. It provides young people with opportunities to try different artforms, supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice. Carclew's programs consist of workshops, events, arts projects, funding programs, and skill development opportunities.
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Arts Tasmania Support and Funding
Organisation: Arts Tasmania.
Summary: Arts Tasmania provides funding to individuals and organisations through various grants and loans programs.
Further information: http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding
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William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Organisation: Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).
Summary: Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country's most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
Award: First Prize $25 000; People's Choice Award $1 000.
Further information: http://www.mga.org.au/bowness-prize
Ballarat International Foto Biennale's Fringe Program
Organisation: Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB).
Summary: The BIFB Fringe exhibition program is open entry. The Fringe invites shows from all photographers, including solo artists, collaborations, groups, community organisations, etc. Participation in the fringe at BIFB is by payment of a registration fee.
Further information: http://www.ballaratfoto.org
Asialink Arts Residency
Organisation: Asialink, The University of Melbourne.
Summary: Each year the Asialink Residency program sends 40 Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 550 people to hosts in 19 countries.
Award: The grant of up to $12 000 goes towards travel, living and project expenses, and affords recipients the opportunity for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity.
Further information: http://www.asialink.unimelb.edu.au/our_work/arts/residency_information
Lens Mist Photography Award and Exhibition
Organisation: Kingston Arts Centre, City of Kingston
Summary: The Lens Mist award and exhibition is run annually by Kingston Arts Centre, located in Moorabin. The competition calls for photographers of all skill levels to submit work that engages with Port Phillip Bay and responds to a specific theme. Past themes include ‘light’ and ‘our changing environment.’ Entry costs are $25 for adults and $15 for juniors (13-17 years old).
Award: Best Photograph - $5000 cash prize; People’s Choice Award - $2000 Westfield Southland gift card
Further information: http://www.kingstonarts.com.au/PUBLIC-PROGRAMS/LensMist2017
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Organisation: Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Summary: The IRIS Award is an annual international prize recognising new and outstanding portraiture in photo-based media. The criteria for selection focuses on portraits that are unique, original and engaging whilst maintaining excellence in photography.
Award: Over $4 000 in cash and prizes.
Further information: http://www.pcp.org.au/PCP_Competitions/IRIS_Awards.aspx
City of Stirling Photographic Award and Exhibition
Organisation: The City of Stirling.
Summary: The City of Stirling's Photographic Award and Exhibition encourages budding and professional photographers to capture various aspects of the City of Stirling through the lens of a camera.
The York Society Photographic Awards
Organisation: The York Society Inc.
Summary: The York Society Photographic Awards are held annually in the Sandalwood Gallery, York. Entries are invited from Western Australian residents.
Awards: Open Colour $400; Creative Photography $400; Monochromatic $400; York Subject $500; Viewers' Choice $100.
Further information: http://www.yorksoc.org.au/photographicawards.htm
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