2016 Assistants & Emerging Photographer Award Opening Night
September 20, 2016
The Sydney Atrium gallery was full of energy and enthusiasm as 150 guests came down to support emerging talent in the photography industry.
Now in its seventh year, the award is not just close to our hearts, but is an important and respected initiative for the wider photography community, providing a platform for creative expression, a unique and relaxed networking atmosphere on opening night and ultimately - the exposure and tools to help take that important yet often difficult next career step.
Congratulations to the talented recipients:
Peter Sharp was awarded First Place for his image ‘Freedom – an occupied space which must be reoccupied every day’, documenting a rare breed of Siamese Fighting Fish.
Maria Cruz was awarded Runner Up for her portraits titled ‘Kane Trubenbacher, The Artist’.
Felipe Neves received Highly Commended for his series ‘The Desert Kids’ documenting children from two Indigenous communities in Central Australia, Irrunytju and Tjuntjuntjara.
These outstanding entries demonstrated excellence in composition, technical ability and a strong and considered connection to the theme.
Thank you to all the photographers who submitted entries. With such creative and varied interpretations of the theme, and approach and technique, the judges were tasked with a difficult decision.
Thank you to the judges for donating their time and expertise.
The exhibition is on show at SUNSTUDIOS Sydney until 25 September 2016.
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.
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.