SUNSTUDIOS Emerging Photography Awards 2021

ABOUT SEPA

The annual SUNSTUDIOS Emerging Photographer Award (SEPA) unearths and extends the skills of our next generation of professional image makers. Entries are now open for emerging photography and videography talent to submit photo and/or video works to the 2021 theme: Faces and Places.

SEPA aims to break down the barriers image makers face in establishing a career by offering an opportunity to have work evaluated by industry leaders and commissioning agents. The award offers a generous and flexible $25K prize pool across four main category winners and two People's Choice prizes, helping to resource recipients through the next stage of their careers. Entry is free until midnight on 23 August 2021.

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FACES AND PLACES

For photo entries, submit single images into Faces (think portraiture, fashion, beauty and documentary and/or Places (such as landscape, travel, architecture and documentary). For video entries, submit films under 4 minutes in length using the general category advice above.

Entries are invited from all states and territories within Australia during the search for the nation's brightest new talent. Entrants will have their work anonymously judged by some of Australia's finest photographers, filmmakers and industry professionals. This culminates in an exhibition of the finalists’ work scheduled to launch at SUNSTUDIOS Sydney's Atrium gallery on 30 September 2021 where the winners will be announced and the People's Choice voting opens. The exhibition is then scheduled to travel to the Skylight Gallery at SUNSTUDIOS Melbourne.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Choose a category Faces and Places. Entrants can submit single image entries or video works under 4 minutes into either category.
  • Read the Terms & Conditions. Ensure your submission meets the criteria.
  • Complete the online submission Entries close 11:59pm EST Monday 23 August 2021.

THE PRIZES

SEPA is unique among Australian photo prizes in that it is free to enter, generous and targeted in $25,000 worth of prizes. We acknowledge that trajectories are unique and there is no cookie-cut method to launch a career in our industry.

SUNSTUDIOS has designed an adaptable prize that can be customised depending on an individual image makers’ aspiration.

The 2021 category winners will receive: $6,000 RRP “SUN Dollars” to spend across SUNSTUDIOS products and services including retail, studio and equipment hire and fine art printing.

The People’s Choice winners will receive: $500 "SUN Dollars" to be spent across studio and equipment hire.

The Judges

Two categories. Three judges per category.

Our search for the best emerging talent is shaped by judges who can both recognise and reward it. We invite industry leaders who can identify and commission photographers, filmmakers and imagery in agencies and publications.

Georges Antoni
Photographer
Georges Antoni
Nicky Catley
Photographic Editor
Nicky Catley
Adam Ferguson
Photographer
Adam Ferguson
Carolyn Constantine ACS
Cinematographer
Carolyn Constantine ACS
Dave May
Cinematographer/Director
Dave May
Andy Taylor ACS
Cinematographer
Andy Taylor ACS

Meet our judges

PREVIOUS FINALISTS

PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS

  • CHARLOTTE KOCH, 2018 SEPA FINALIST

    CHARLOTTE KOCH, 2018 SEPA FINALIST

    “[I] felt very supported and valued and it's great to be able to show my work and have people enjoy it”
  • MARK MORGAN, 2018 SEPA FINALIST

    MARK MORGAN, 2018 SEPA FINALIST

    “I don't put my pictures out there much and I just thought it would be a good way to do that. It's quite nice to get some recognition”
  • ADRIAN GRASSO, 2019 SEPA FINALIST

    ADRIAN GRASSO, 2019 SEPA FINALIST

    “All the SEPA prizes are amazing and a massive help to us all. I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of  SEPA 2019. In all honesty, it isn't about the prizes. I love what I do and had fun with this shoot – prizes are a bonus.”

FAQ

  • Q: What is the deadline date/time?
  • Q: How do you define an Emerging artist?
  • Q: Does my work best fit into Places or Faces?
  • Q: How many times can I enter?
  • Q: What is your judging criteria?
  • Q: What specs should I conform to?
  • Q: Can I submit from outside Australia?
  • Q: How many finalists will be selected?
  • Q: Which genres are accepted?
  • Q: Where/how will my entry be displayed if I am a finalist?
  • Q: Can my work have been published or displayed at an earlier date?
  • Q: Can it be a collaborative work?
  • Q: When are finalists advised?
  • Q: How will my entry be used?
  • Q: How do I contact you with any further questions?
  • Q: Where can I find the full terms and conditions?