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 totaling $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.
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.
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
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.
All eligible entries are subject to the full scope of Exposure Photographic Prize Terms and Conditions.
ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR 2017
The highest scoring 145 entries were exhibited at The Art House, Wyong from 10 June to 25 June 2017.
Opening Night was held on Friday 9 June, to a crowd of 400 people. Here, the 2017 winners were announced and awarded their prizes. Congratulations to the following photographers.
David Magro | Field of stars
Rosie Wood | Strength
Ainsley Martlew | Free spirit
EMERGING YOUNG TALENT
Faith Cass | Amphitheatre
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Postcards of the Coast
Nicole Wells | Wondabyne by morning light
HIGHLY COMMENDED - A picture tells a thousand words
Raimee Carroll | Beautiful tantrum
HIGHLY COMMENDED - The natural world
Matthew Bendt | Humpback Whale - mother with calf
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Through the generations
Ann Evans | Master Xavier
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Hannalise Paris | Get your chickens in a row
2017 FINALISTS - view the most outstanding entries in 2017
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