Entries for the inaugural Stories of NSW, a photo contest awarding $10,000 to a project recording contemporary life in NSW, will close on Monday June 11.
‘With the decline of journalism generally and photojournalism, in particular, we have less access to meaningful images of contemporary life in Australia. This decline has an effect on our ability, now and in the future, to make sense of who we are and what makes our nation so unique,’ the contest says.
The award is open to NSW artists with an idea or work in progress, which must fall under the category of fine art photography, photojournalism, or documentary photography telling the stories of NSW.
Entrants pitch the concept or idea for the project to Head On. If the project has commenced, up to 10 images can be uploaded. If it hasn’t, a general sample of work demonstrating the photographer’s skills is to be submitted.
The $10,000 cash prize may be used by the artist in any way they wish to complete the project, and the copyright in the images will be retained by the artist.
The final 20 prints will become part of the State Library of NSW collection.
Head On in collaboration with the State Library of NSW will produce and mount the exhibition, covering the cost of printing, mounting, exhibition space and promotion.
A team of industry professionals, photographers and curators, to be announced shortly, will review the submissions and in consultation with the Minister’s office will select the award recipient. The process of selection will be made without the artists’ names to ensure selection is done on merit alone.