Each year SEPA aims to break down the barriers photographers face in establishing a career by offering an opportunity to have work evaluated by industry leaders and commissioning agents. The free-to-enter award offers a generous and flexible $25K prize pool, available for redemption in products and services at SUNSTUDIOS including product, fine art printing, equipment hire, exhibition and studio space.
Twelve finalists across four photographic categories will feature in a finalist exhibition opening September 19 at the Atrium Gallery, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney where the winner, runner up and highly commended will be announced. The exhibition continues until October 6 before travelling to SUNSTUDIOS Skylight Gallery in Melbourne from November 7-19.
“It’s always surprising to see what will surface in a blind judging process,” said SUNSTUDIOS Head of Exhibitions Jessica Donovan.
“In its eleventh year we were pleased to see a record number of applicants and overall, an even split of representation across genders amongst the finalists. SEPA is a core event in the SUNSTUDIOS calendar where we get to use our industry networks and resources to provide measurable opportunities to early career photographers.”
2019 SEPA FINALISTS
Commercial / Lifestyle:
Fashion / Beauty / Portrait:
Landscape / Architecture:
News / Reportage:
2019 JUDGING PANEL
NEWS / REPORTAGE
Mags King | Managing Photo Editor – Sydney Morning Herald + Australian Financial Review
Jessica Hromas | Picture Editor – The Guardian Australia
Nic Walker | Freelance Photographer
FASHION / BEAUTY / PORTRAITURE
Emily Abay | Fashion & Beauty Photographer
Jane Robinson | Director – Artboxblack
Gary Heery | Photographer
LIFESTYLE / COMMERICAL
Shannon Stoddart | Managing Director – The Kitchen Creative Management
Anna Pogossova | Still life Photographer & photo media artist - Represented by B&A and Jerico Contemporary
Tegan Sadlier | Photo Editor – Fairfax Media
LANDSCAPE / ARCHITECTURE
Simon Harsent | Photographer & Director - Represented by the POOL Collective
Holly Cunneen | Editor, Habitus Magazine
Derek Henderson | Photographer - Represented by M.A.P
Winner: $10,000 "SUN Dollars" - to be redeemed on studio hire, equipment hire and limited retail product and fine art printing service ($5,000 spend limit in each department).
Runner-Up: Fine art print services by SUN Print Sydney or Melbourne to the value of $2,500* and $2000 "SUN dollars" - to be redeemed on studio hire and equipment hire.
Genres often known for being grand and imposing, the imagery of 2019 SEPA Landscape and Architecture finalists is instead gentle, strange and subtle. The judges have selected Debbie Gallulo, Ashley Ludkin and Matt Solomon as three artists with strong perspective on our built and natural environment.
Victorian photographer Sean Paris caught the eye of our judges and was awarded Highly Commended for his series Melbourne Race Rallies. We caught up with him for more information on his topical, powerful work. Catch the exhibition in Melbourne from November 2.
Pratley’s series of SEPA 2018 portraits grew organically out of encounters in daily life with people, a reminder that people you walk past every day often hold valuable experience. His images are an education in adversity and how to continue on.