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. 
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. 

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.


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).

A panel of independent judges has scored each of the images for impact. All photographers have been notified of the outcome and those shortlisted are preparing their images for exhibition. Gillean Shaw from the University of Newcaslte Gallery will curate the final entries. Judges will return to score the printed works and determine the winners for 2017.

Meet the Judges.

The highest scoring 145 entries will be exhibited at The Art House, Wyong. Framing and display of shortlisted entries is 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.
Opening Night
Friday 9 June 6:30pm to 8:30pm RSVP HERE

Public Exhibition
Saturday 10 June to Sunday 25 June
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Weekdays - Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

The Art House, Wyong is located on 19-21 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW 2259

Parking Map

A series of photographic workshop precedes the Prize each year, giving local photographers an opportunity to build their capacity and become more competitive in the competition. Public workshops were held for Beginner and Intermediate photographers by acclaimed photographer Edwina Richards. These workshops have now closed.  
Wheat-Paste Murals
In partnership with LINKS Youth Support Service and the Oasis Youth Centre, Central Coast Council presented 'Photospace' 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 and build a portfolio of images.

Photospace is a project directed by award winning photographic artist, Simone Darcy and freelance photographer Hilda Bezuidenhout. The workshops are designed to help a broad range of young people participate in photography and learn the skills of digital story telling. Participants take turns shooting portraits of each other and learn to express themsevles in a fine art style. Ultimately each choose their favourite images to be showcased in a public mural. Keep an eye out for their work in the Wyong CBD and Killarney Vale Shopping Village.

A Photospace Project. Halekulani Oval. 31 October 2016. Funded by Wyong Shire Council.


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