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Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2024: Early Bird ends this Sunday

For over 15 years, Capture magazine has been on a mission to help discover Australasia's very best emerging talent. Our 16th annual photo competition, Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2024, celebrates the artistry of an amazing array of talented up-and-coming photographers.

We classify emerging as amateurs and photographers with less than four years' professional photography experience.

The competition includes eight portfolio categories: Architecture, Animal, Art, Black & White, Documentary, Landscape, Portrait and Travel. Photographers are required to submit a series of three images (five in the case of the Documentary category) to create a cohesive portfolio. There's also a Single Shot category. 

In 2024 the total prize pool for Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers is valued at more than $25,000, including $9,000 in cash prizes. Click here for more details.

Entries close 17 March 2024, but if you enter before 11.59pm this Sunday night you save $10 with the Early Bird entry rate.

Heather McNeice from Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2023
Heather McNeice from Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2023

The categories are:

  • PORTRAIT (3 images)
  • LANDSCAPE (3 images)
  • ANIMAL (3 images)
  • ART (3 images)
  • BLACK & WHITE (3 images)
  • DOCUMENTARY (5 images)
  • ARCHITECTURE (3 images)
  • TRAVEL (3 images)
  • SINGLE SHOT (1 image)

In the portfolio categories entrants should aim to submit images that relate to each other on some level, whether it be narratively, aesthetically or thematically.

You can find tips from our judges on how to improve your chances in the competition here

Rosie Richards from Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2023
Rosie Richards from Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2023

You can enter images created on or after 1 January 2021.
However, you cannot enter images that have previously been entered in Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers.

Winners, runners-up, and top-ranked portfolios will be revealed in the Winter 2024 edition of Capture magazine (available in mid-June 2024). A simultaneous announcement will be made at www.capturemag.com.au. Also in June, Winners, Runners-up, Top 10, Top 20, Top 30 (larger categories), Highly Commended, and Commended photographers will be notified via e-mail of their placing in the competition, and will also receive an award badge that they can publish online and on social media.

Pricing and deadlines:

Early Bird: $25 (September 2023 to Sunday 10 December 2023)

Standard: $35 (11 December 2023 to Wednesday 25 February 2024)

Last Minute: $45 (26 February 2023 to Sunday 17 March 2024)

Entries close: 11.59PM AEDT, 11.59pm AEDT Sunday 17 March 2024.

Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers will be judged by a panel of leading photographers from Australia and around the world. The 2024 judging panel will be announced in January 2024. You can see the judging panel for Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2023 here.

You can visit Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers homepage here.

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