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ABOUT AUSTRALASIA’S TOP EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Now in its 13th year, Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers is the region’s largest and most prestigious competition for early career and aspiring photographers. In 2021, a prize pool worth over $30,000 is up for grabs, including $9,000 in cash.

Winners and runners-up, as well as a selection of the top entries in each category will be published in a special Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers edition of Capture magazine in May 2021.

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WHO CAN ENTER?

Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers is open to Australians and New Zealanders with less than four years' professional photography experience, including amateurs.

The competition is open to citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.

Check the Terms and Conditions for more information.

IMAGE CREATION DATE RESTRICTIONS

With COVID-19 making it challenging for photographers to get out and shoot new work, we’ve relaxed the creation-date restrictions for this year's competition. You can enter images created on or after 1 January 2018. However, you cannot enter images that have previously been entered in Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers.

PORTFOLIO AND SINGLE-IMAGE CATEGORIES

Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers has eight portfolio categories and one single-image category.

Portfolio categories

The following categories require the submissions of a portfolio:

  • ANIMAL (3 images)
  • ARCHITECTURE (3 images)
  • ART (3 images)
  • BLACK & WHITE (3 images)
  • DOCUMENTARY (5 images)
  • LANDCAPE (3 images)
  • OPEN (3 images)
  • PORTRAIT (3 images)

Judges are looking for portfolios that work together cohesively as a series. You should aim to submit images that relate to each other on some level, whether it be aesthetically, thematically, or something else that ties the images together. You can find tips from our judges on how to improve your chances in the competition here.

Single-image categories

The SINGLE SHOT category is the only one not requiring a portfolio submission. Please enter one image.

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© Martin Von Stoll. Beauty and the Beast. Winner of the Single Shot category of
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PRICING AND DEADLINES

Entries to Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2021  close Sunday 21 February 2021 (11:59pm, AEDT).

Early bird: $25 (26 October – 6 December 2020)
Standard: $35 (7 December 2020 – 31 January 2021)
Late: $39 (1 February – 21 February 2021)

Price is per entry (includes three images for portfolio categories, five images for Documentary, and one image for the Single Shot category). All prices  are in Australian dollars and include GST.

IMAGE PREPARATION

• Images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format (High Quality or Maximum Quality). Do not submit TIFF, PSD, DNG, or other file formats.
• Images must be at least 2,700 pixels on the longest side.
• Individual images must be no larger than 5MB.
• Image file names should not include unusual characters such as !, @, ", ', #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), ©. These characters can result in images not uploading properly. Hyphens (-) and underscores (_) are fine. If you find that one or more of your images has not uploaded correctly, please e-mail us at: emergingphotographer@capturemag.com.au
• Please ensure images are free of text and logos. This includes watermarks and added text. Images with text or watermarks will not be shortlisted.
• You may enter multiple categories, and/or the same category multiple times.

IMAGE MANIPULATION

Please check out the Terms and Conditions for detailed information about what post production techniques may be applied.

JUDGES

Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers will be judged by a panel of leading photographers from Australia and around the world.

PRIZES

In 2021 the total prize pool for Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers is valued at more than $30,000. The biggest purse in the history of the competition, it comprises over $22,000 in prizes from our sponsors and cash prizes of $9,000. Click here for more details.

RECOGNITION

Winners, runners-up, and top-ranked portfolios will be revealed in the May-June-July 2021 edition of Capture magazine. A simultaneous announcement will be made at www.capturemag.com.au. Also in May, Winners, Runners Up, Top 10, Top 20, Highly Commended, and Commended photographers will be notified via email confirming their placing in the competition.

MADE A MISTAKE?

Don't panic! We've got you covered. Whether you've uploaded the incorrect image or submited an entry to the wrong category, drop us an e-mail explaining the problem and we'll fix it for you.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please find the full terms and conditions for Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2021 here

CONTACT US

E-mail us at emergingphotographer@capturemag.com.au

 

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