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The best emerging talent

Capture's eighth annual Australia's Top Emerging Photographers awards showcases the very best emerging photographic talent, as judged by 51 distinguished professionals from Australia and abroad. The awards recognise, encourage and promote talented photographers in the early stages of their photographic careers. In 2016, the competition attracted 962 entries across the nine categories, comprising 5,772 images – an increase in entries of almost 60% from last year.

How the competition works

To be a contender for the title of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2016, photographers with less than four years’ full-time experience working as a professional photographer were invited to submit portfolios of six images across any of the nine categories. After an initial review of entries by the editor of Capture magazine, a shortlist was produced which was then voted on by the judges. Once categories winners were established, judges were then asked to rank their five favourite portfolios to determine an overall winner.

To our supporters and sponsors

Choosing the category winners is always a challenging task for our judges, and much thanks must go to the leading professional photographers for their time, wisdom and experience scrutinising the entries to help find the winners. Much thanks to our major sponsor, Fujifilm, and all our category sponsors, which included CATC Design School, EIZO, Goal Zero, Momento Pro, National Portrait Gallery, QNAP, Sally Brownbill, SUNSTUDIOS, and Think Tank Photo, for their immense generosity and commitment to supporting emerging photographic talent.

This year the total prize pool for Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers was worth over $21,000, with $11,715 in prizes, plus cash prizes of $9,500. The Emerging Photographer of the Year receives the grand prize – a Fujifilm X-T1 and XF 18-135mm lens valued at $2,599, plus $5,000. Category winners receive prizes from our category sponsors, plus $500.

To see all the winning images and invaluable judges’ comments on how to improve one's submission, grab a copy of the May/June issue. Full portfolios of the winners and runners-up, as well as an image from each of the finalists, appears in the iPad or Zinio edition.

More online

Keep up to date with the latest news from Capture via out fortnightly e-newsletter, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capturemagazine or on Instagram @capture.mag. We'll also be sharing more of this amazing work on Instagram and Facebook.

In the coming month, we’ll also be sharing the list of Highly Commended and Commended entries, so stay tuned.

The winners

OVERALL WINNER

JOHN FEELY

© John Feely. Australia's Top Emerging Photographer 2015 (overall winner).
© John Feely. Australia's Top Emerging Photographer 2015 (overall winner).

OVERALL RUNNER-UP

SARAH MASLANKIEWICZ

© Sarah Maslankiewicz
© Sarah Maslankiewicz

ARCHITECTURE

© Grace Hobson
© Gregory Evans

WINNER

GREGORY EVANS

RUNNER-UP

BECKY STRONG

FINALISTS

  • Mihai Florea
  • Chrissie Francis
  • Daniel Pockett
  • Andrew Privitera
  • Elizabeth Schiavello
  • Jude Watson

JUDGES

Nic Granlees

Roland Halbe

Mike Hollman

Simon Kennedy

David Leventi 

William Long

Sebastian Weiss

Category prize

Think Thank Photo Airport Navigator and accessories valued at $500.

ART

© Marea Reed
© Marea Reed

WINNER

MAREA REED

RUNNER-UP

IZZY GRAMP

FINALISTS

  • Thomas Brown
  • Amy Crawley
  • Henrique Fanti
  • Hayden Griffith

JUDGES

Frank Herholdt

Catherine Laudenbach

David Leventi 

Polixeni Papapetrou

Brooke Shaden 

Category prize

Detailed folio appraisal by Sally Brownbill valued at $330.

DOCUMENTARY/PHOTOJOURNALISM

© John Feely
© John Feely

WINNER

JOHN FEELY

RUNNER-UP

NIKI BOON

FINALISTS

  • Jane Cowan
  • Kern Hendricks
  • Lynette Letic
  • Harrison Moss

JUDGES

Andrea Bruce (Noor Images)

Steve Dupont

Ashley Gilbertson (VII Photo)

Ron Haviv (VII Photo)

Dean Sewell (Oculi)

Category prize

QNAP TS-251 NAS valued at $499.

EDITORIAL/FASHION

© Ribal Hosn
© Ribal Hosn

WINNER

RIBAL HOSN

RUNNER-UP

WADED

FINALISTS

  • Lori Cicchini
  • Freya Lamont
  • Ren Pidgeon
  • Steven Popovich

JUDGES

David Leslie Anthony

Christian Blanchard

Lynton Crabb

Joel Grimes 

Frank Herholdt

Natalie Keyssar

 Category prize

Full-day studio hire at SUNSTUDIOS to the value of $2,000, plus $1,500 worth of gear hire.

LANDSCAPE

© Luke Tscharke
© Luke Tscharke

WINNER

LUKE TSCHARKE

RUNNER-UP

ROBERT SALISBURY

FINALISTS

  • Mieke Boynton
  • Lee Duguid
  • Craig George
  • Michael Harris
  • James Smart
  • Katherine Williams

JUDGES

Sebastian Copeland

Ricardo Da Cunha

 Ken Duncan 

Christian Fletcher

 Adrian Weinbrecht 

Category prize

Eizo ColorEdge CG2420 photo-editing monitor valued at $2695.

PORTRAIT

© Niko Boon
© Niko Boon

WINNER

NIKI BOON

RUNNERS-UP

JOHN FEELY

KELLY TYACK

BROOK READY

FINALISTS

  • Tracy Botica
  • Amy Crawley
  • Steven Cutts
  • Shamima Islam
  • Ona Janzen
  • Kelly Morgan
  • Jennifere Thompson
  • Pippa Williams

JUDGES

David Leslie Anthony

Michael Grecco

Joel Grimes

William Long

Brooke Shaden

Barb Uil

Adrian Weinbrecht 

Category prize

National Portrait Gallery Prize Pack valued at $295.

SPORT

© Samuel Costin
© Samuel Costin

WINNER

SAMUEL COSTIN

RUNNER-UP

JEREMY NG

FINALISTS

  • Mark Croker
  • Aidan Cunningham
  • Mel Lyons
  • Daniel Pockett
  • Brook Ready
  • Dennis Tan

JUDGES

Delly Carr

Matthias Hangst

Cameron Spencer

Krystle Wright

 Category prize

Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Kit valued at $499.

STUDENT

© Sarah Maslankiewicz
© Sarah Maslankiewicz

WINNER

SARAH MASLANKIEWICZ

RUNNER-UP

KATE BOWMAN

FINALISTS

  • Andrew Arismunandar
  • Tony Evans
  • Heather Gaskell
  • Ricky Gestro
  • Ahkam Nasution
  • Marc Pricop
  • James Thorn

JUDGES

Tim Bauer

Sally Brownbill

Chris Tovo

Fiona Wolf

Krystle Wright

Category Prize

A GoPro Hero 4 valued at $499.99, courtesy of CATC Design School.

WEDDING

© Grace Hobson
© Grace Hobson

WINNER

GRACE HOBSON

RUNNER-UP

JAI LONG

Finalists

  • Mark Condon
  • Aimee Dehaan
  • Matt Godkin
  • Edwina Robertson
  • Shane Shepherd
  • Lucy Spartalis
  • Jonathan Suckling
  • James Thomson
  • Fiona Vail

JUDGES

Danelle Bohane

Fer Juaristi

Dallas & Sabrina Kolotylo

Dan O'Day 

Nirav Patel 

Ed Peers

Kelly Tunney

Category prize

Credit voucher worth $500 from Momento Pro.

 

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