Australian Photography Prize announces winners
The winners of the inaugural Australian Photographic Prize (APP) have been announced, following a four-day event in Melbourne.
The brainchild of photographers Karen Alsop and Robyn Campbell, the event and competition aims to fill the gap left in the industry by the closure of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) last year, as well as its Australian Professional Photography Awards competition, the APPAs.
However, the main distinction between APP and APPAs is that the competition accepts applications from professional and amateur photographers.
The structure of the competition is somewhat complex. The award is divided into three categories: the Nikon Digital Awards (for digital entries), the Epson Print Awards (for print entries) and the EIZO Photographic Artist Prize (for photographic/digital entries). Photographers who have earned more than $10,000 from photography are not eligible to enter the Digital Awards, while the other two categories are open to photographers regardless of professional status.
The Digital Awards and Print Awards accept images from a variety of genres, including Landscape, Nature and Wildlife and People, among others, but the Print Awards also include Commercial, Portrait and Wedding, reflecting the genres professional entrants are likely to to photograph.
At the Digital Awards, nearly 600 nominations were received in 2022, while the Print Awards had around 700 nominations and the Photographic Artist Prize, 100.
Camberwell Camera Club member David Bignell received the Digital Award with a reflective self-portrait.
Charmaine Heyer, a professional photographer based in North Queensland, received the Australian Photographic Print Award.
Finally, Damien Bowerman was the winner of the Photographic Artist Award.
You can see more of the category finalists at australianphotographicprize.com.au.