The Australian Photographic Prize (APP), scheduled for September 8-11 in Melbourne, Australia, promises awards, a product expo, live image critiques, talks from photography professionals, and plenty of photographic fun.
Hailed as an “all-embracing national photographic awards event,” the APP offers four days of excitement and will give over $30,000 in prizes to contest entrants.
While the conference takes place in Australia, many of the contests are open to international photographers. And for those looking to enter a photography competition, the Australian Photographic Prize awards are the best of the best; the event is sponsored by a slew of top companies, including Nikon, Epson, and EIZO, and the APP judging panel features a group of talented professionals, including Nick Moir, Courtney Homes, and Kelly Brown.
Contests include the Epson Print Awards, which will judge physical prints mailed in by photographers; the Nikon Digital Awards, given to seven outstanding amateur photographers in six different categories; the Student Photographic Prize, awarded to primary and secondary school attendees; and the EIZO Photographic Artist Award, designed to highlight digital artists and creators.
Prizes offered by contest sponsors range from $4000 of Nikon equipment and Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions to Wacom tablets and a top-tier Epson printer. Of course, winners will also lay claim to prestigious Australian Photographic Prize titles.
All contests are currently open for entries and will close on the 21st of August (though prints submitted for the Epson Print Awards have until September 5th to arrive). The cost and eligibility to participate do vary from category to category, so make sure you read the fine print before entering.
For those who simply wish to enjoy a weekend of photography education and excitement, there are plenty of additional ways to engage. The APP will include an “Expo Playground,” where attendees will have the opportunity to test out equipment and view demonstrations. And the APP conference boasts “a star-studded conference program…[that] will deliver practical and inspirational sessions to attendees across a variety of genres.”
If you’re interested in entering one of the APP contests, learn more about the rules here. And for those hoping to attend the conference, make sure you get the early bird discount while it’s still available.
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