EXPOSURE Photographic Prize


Exposure is the Central Coast’s annual, acquisitive prize and public exhibition. The competition aims to promote the art of photography and to showcase still-based works. Amateur and emerging photographers are invited to enter and the competition is open nationally. Cash prizes are awarded to the most outstanding images with a pool totalling $4400. The Prize has grown over the past 4 years and 2017 will mark a number of advances.
A regional showcase
The Prize will become a major event on the Central Coast Arts Calendar moving outside the Wyong Shire to the wider region. Renowned local photographers have gained the industry’s attention and led the way for emerging talent. Central Coast Council recognises the importance of investing in the careers of local photographers. The Prize is used to help entrants develop their creative practice and produce works of an exhibition-standard. One award is geographically based to support resident photographers and attract visitors to our area. 
Young photographers
This year The Prize aims to showcase and develop young photographers. In the past, entrants under the age of 24 years have represented 10% of finalists. They have shown works of an exceptional standard and have made a valued contribution. In 2017 there will be an additional $300 awarded to an Emerging Young Talent.
Art House, Wyong
To celebrate the expansion of The Prize, this year’s exhibition will be held at The Art House, Wyong. The Art House is a new cultural attraction and arts venue right in the heart of the Central Coast. 145 of the most outstanding images will be exhibited here during the public exhibition. Central to public transport and the Wyong CBD, as well as a calendar of commercial productions, gives finalists an opportunity to showcase works to a broader audience. 
A photographic workshop series precedes the Prize each year, giving local photographers an opportunity to build their capacity and become more competitive in the competition. Workshops are free and bookings are essential.
Develop your technical & creative skills with Edwina Richards who is trained in both Fine Art and Photo Journalism and has spent years producing stills for film, TV and theatre. Her style can be described as “a documentary sensibility with an eye for the cinematic’.
Images | Edwina Richards 

Beginners Workshop Bookings opening soon
Monday 13 March 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Entrance Gallery, Cnr of Battley & Oakland Avenues, The Entrance
This workshop is for amateur photographers who are looking to build their technical and creative skills in SLR photography
Intermediate Workshop Bookings opening soon
Tuesday 14 March 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
The Entrance Gallery, Cnr of Battley & Oakland Avenues, The Entrance
This workshop is for more experienced photographers with a focus on advanced technical skills – from idea to edit
Wheat Paste Portraits
In partnership with LINKS Youth Support Service and the Oasis Youth Centre, Central Coast Council presented workshops for young photographers. The workshops focused on creative practices in preparation for the competition. Local students were mentored by professionals to learn new skills build a portfolio of images. Keep an eye out for wheat paste portraits, displaying their work.

First Prize overall will be awarded $1500
Second Prize overall will be awarded $750 
Third Prize overall will be awarded $500
An Emerging Young Talent will be awarded $300
Highly Commended work in Postcards of the Coast category is awarded $500
Highly Commended work in Through the Generations category is awarded $250
Highly Commended work in A picture tells 1000 words category is awarded $250
Highly Commended work in The Natural World category is awarded $250
The People’s Choice will be awarded $100 and be drawn at the end of the public exhibition period.
All prize categories are acquisitive except for the People's Choice.

Photographers are encouraged to interpret four themes. There are many ways to interpret this brief and creativity is encouraged. Competition judges will score on technical aptitude and visual story-telling.
  • Postcards of the Coast category entries must represent the Central Coast region, and can depict the built and natural environment, iconic sites, local life, places and activities. Boundary map.
  • Through the Generations category entries must be either portraiture and/ or images of objects that relate to people, family, culture, community and heritage.
  • The Natural World category entries must relate to plants, animals, flowers, marine life, birds, landscapes, seascapes and other natural phenomena.
  • A Picture Tells 1000 Words category entries must include a written submission, comprising no more than 300 words, which provides a deeper perspective or background story on people, objects and places.

General eligibility
  • Entry into the competition is free
  • Entry is open to all Australian residents
  • Entries are open to amateur and emerging photographers only
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parent or legal guardian
  • Entries must be digital images of at least 300ppi in quality (3510 x 4950 pixels)
  • Each entrant can submit a maximum of two entries to the competition
  • The images must not be watermarked or contain any personal information
  • Digital entries must be submitted online via Central Coast Council website
  • All entrants will grant Central Coast Council a limited-license for use of their image
Entries must not contain content which is: unlawful, inappropriate, constitutes harassment, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually orientated, politically motivated, extreme views, racially offensive, demonstrating criminal behaviour, drug use, alcohol misuse, showing neglect, violence or abuse of children.
All eligible entries are subject to the full scope of Exposure Photographic Prize Terms and Conditions.
ENTRIES OPEN: 12:00am (AEST) on Saturday 1 April 2017

ENTRIES CLOSE: 12:00midnight (AEST) on Sunday 23 April 2017

Judging of the competition will take place in two stages:
  • The first stage of judging will be in respect of all entries to the competition
  • The second stage of judging will be in respect of the short listed entries to the competition
All judging is anonymous and based on a points system which includes but is not limited to, the following criteria; technique (for example, light and composition) and creativity (for example, stories and meaning).

The highest scoring 145 entries will be invited to exhibit at The Art House, Wyong. Those photographers will be notified in writing, with requirements for exhibition. Framing and display of shortlisted entries will be the responsibility of Central Coast Council. Printing and mounting of entries is the responsibility of the photographer. Only shortlisted entrants and their families will be invited to Opening Night where winners will be announced and awarded their prizes. The People's Choice will be announced and awarded at the cessation of the exhibition.
The exhibition is free to view and will be open to the public for 2 weeks.
The Art House, Wyong is located on 19-21 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW 2259
Opening Night
Friday 9 June 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Public Exhibition
Saturday 10 June to Sunday 25 June
Weekends: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Weekdays: 10:00am to 5:30pm

View the Exposure 2016 Exhibition Catalogue 2016_Exposure_DigitalBooklet.pdf

View the Exposure 2015 Exhibition Catalogue 2015_Exposure_DigitalBooklet.pdf
Please direct all enquiries to Ellen Bridge on 02 4350 5204 or EJBridge@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au