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. This is achieved in a number of ways; free skills-development workshops, public art showcase and the chance to take part in a professional exhibition.
The prize has been growing since its inception in 2014. Capacity building activities and the competition in general has seen Exposure-alumni move from amateur photographers to emerging professionals. This progression has seen the project mature from its grass roots base in community to a focus on creative industry. 
In line with this development, the competition will move to a biennial basis and reopen in 2019. This framework allows Central Coast Council to offer a more intensive capacity building and professional development program in the interim. This is with the view to invest in the local industry, equipping residents to be more competitive. The 2018 program will also focus on audience development, using the art of photography to bring tourism and enjoyment to the public space. 
For the month of June, the community is invited to participate in digital and on-location workshops, with a focus on young people and children aged 3 to 12 years. An Expression of Interest will be disseminated to amateur and emerging photographers, inviting submissions for an installation in the Town Centres. Sole traders and business owners are also invited to join the program and showcase their own work in photo media as part of an Exhibition Trail.      

Exhibition Trail

Expressions of Interest for Inward Sponsorship have now closed.

Public Art 

Open-air exhibition of digital stories

Amateur and emerging photographers are invited to submit photographic works for an installation in two of the Central Coast’s main town centres. The artwork will be in place for a period of four weeks and will be a key component of wider place activation. Selected applicants will be remunerated in accordance with the NAVA licensing rates and all works will be credited. 

This is an opportunity to display works to a broader audience and explore the medium of digital storytelling. Each of the selected applicants will enter into a contractual agreement to display their image. Council will remunerate these photographers $300 in exchange for a temporary reproduction license. The full scope of conditions can be found on the application form.

The Expression of Interest is open from 12:00am Tuesday 3 April to 12:00 midnight Monday 30 April 2018. To submit an image for this project click here.  

Below is an artist impression of the site which will be illuminated to engage the dining precinct. 


Image credits:
Ainsley Martlew | Free spirit
Faith Cass | Amphitheatre
Nicole Wells | Wondabyne by morning light
Matthew Bendt | Humpback Whale - mother with calf
Hilda Bezuidenhout | Friends forever
Wayne Gibson | Solitude

Wheat paste mural by local students

Mentored by professional photographers, Hilda Bezuidenhout and Edwina Richards, the schools-based program works intensively with young emerging photographers. Over 100 students from five local school spent three weeks exploring documentary photography. They were encouraged to communicate visually; through images, a topic of significance. Their body of work will culminate in a wheat paste mural to be installed on Coral Street, The Entrance.

Take a drive down to The Entrance and see their work anytime from Friday 22 June. The mural is on the corner of Coral Street and Torrens Avenue. It is free to view and will be in place for 6 weeks.

Thank you to Kariong Mountains High School, Lake Munmorah High School, Northlakes High School, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (Tumbi Umbi Campus), Wadalba Community School and Wyong High School.


Photographic Workshops 

Based on feedback from participants, The Exposure 2018 Workshops Series will expand this year to include learning for all ages and skill levels. Workshops are funded by Central Coast Council and have been developed to offer technical and conceptual opportunities. Bookings will open to the public on May 14 and reservations are essential. 

Sun Print workshops for children (3-6 Years)

Designed especially for Children aged 3 to 6 years; this workshop will explore photographic mediums through the creation of Sun-prints. Sun-printing is based on the cyanotype process, which has been used by artists since its development in the 19th century. No chemicals are involved in the process and children will be able to take an artwork home on the day. Children must be supervised by an adult. 

Gosford Regional Gallery | 36 Webb Street | East Gosford, NSW 2250
Saturday, 2 June 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free

Darkroom Magic workshops for children (6-12 Years)

Designed for children aged 6 to 12 years; this workshop will offer a hands-on class to explore photography through the creation of nature-inspired photograms. A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of the photographic paper and then exposing it to light. Children will be able to take an artwork home on the day. Parents welcome.

Gosford Regional Gallery | 36 Webb Street | East Gosford, NSW 2250
Saturday, 9 June 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free


Workshops on-location at Norah Head & Girrakool

The Central Coast Landscape Photography Workshops are designed to empower you to take the next step with your photography skills. These workshops are hands-on and will take place at some of the Central Coast’s most iconic sites. From Norah Head Lighthouse to Girrakool Waterfalls, renowned landscape photographer, Glenn McKimmin will show participants how to make their images stand out from the rest. Participants must bring their own camera gear and a creative mind. 

Norah Head Lighthouse | 40 Bush Street | Norah Head, NSW 2263
Saturday, 16 June 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Cost: Free

Girrakool Picnic Area | Old Pacific Highway | Kariong, NSW 2250
Saturday, 30 June 2018 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free

Digital editing & post production workshop

Focusing on the on the techniques of post-production, participants will learn how to edit their images for print and exhibition. These workshops have been designed to be interactive as you explore applications in a step by step process. Learn new editing techniques to enhance features and explore your creativity. Participants must bring their own laptop and the latest version of Photoshop.  

The Erina Centre (Meeting Space 3) | Erina Fair | Terrigal Drive, Erina NSW 2250
Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free


Open Galleries

Inclusion:an exhibition

An Artist-in-Residence will spend a month at ARAFMI’s, Lerida House. This service gives support to family, carers and friends of people experiencing mental illness. Photographer Danielle Minett will work with subjects to uncover the joys, challenges and unique faces of those who story is often untold. A social documentary series will be produced to capture the concept of an “invisible disability” to change assumptions and raise awareness. Through the medium of photography, subjects will be able to shape and tell their own story where they have not been able in the past. The images will be curated into an exhibition at the The Foyer Gallery, Erina Fair for the month of June.

The Foyer Gallery | The Erina Centre | Erina Fair | Terrigal Drive, Erina NSW 2250
Saturday, 2 June to Saturday 30 June
8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays
Saturdays 9:30am to 4:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Entry is free.


David Magro | Field of stars


Rosie Wood | Strength


Ainsley Martlew | Free spirit

Faith Cass |

HIGHLY COMMENDED in 2017 - Postcards of the Coast

Nicole Wells | Wondabyne by morning light

HIGHLY COMMENDED in 2017 - A picture tells a thousand words

Raimee Carroll | Beautiful tantrum

HIGHLY COMMENDED in 2017 - The natural world

Matthew Bendt | Humpback Whale - mother with calf

HIGHLY COMMENDED in 2017 - Through the generations

Ann Evans | Master Xavier

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