Heritage Bank Photographic Awards return in 2022

2 May 2022

A massive prize pool of $50,000 is again on offer to photographers across Australia in the 2022 Heritage Bank Photographic Awards, which opens for entries today.

Now in its 34th year, the Awards are one of most lucrative and longest running in the country, featuring a main prize of $15,000 in each of two categories – the Open category, which can be any subject; and the Theme Category, which this year is “Belonging”.  

Last year, Heritage introduced a new Illustrative category to cater for the booming popularity of digital manipulation in photography. The category has returned this year, offering no limits to creative post-production, with a prize of $5,000 up for grabs. 

Entrants will be vying for the CEO’s Choice and Mobile Phone Award, with a further $5,000 prize each.  There are also prizes on offer in three youth categories: 9 years or younger; 10-13; and 14-17.

Heritage CEO Peter Lock said a major contributing factor in the competition’s success was attracting photographers at all levels across Australia.

“The Awards are all about fostering the art of photography and encouraging people to get creative. It’s free to enter, open to anyone across Australia, and you can take part no matter your age, or level of experience.

“We’ve listened to feedback and have continued to adapt the Awards with our Illustrative and Mobile Phone Award Categories to make them even more inclusive and accessible. 

“All you need is a mobile phone and you could be in the running for a share in $50,000.”

Mr Lock said this year’s Theme Category of “Belonging” offered the perfect opportunity for people to unleash their creative talents and interpretations.

“The word ‘Belonging’ is filled with a lot of power. It could be the sense of belonging you feel to your family or your community; an illustration of things that just naturally seem to belong together; or even something you own that has particular importance to you.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to tell a story and share your unique perspective on the theme.”

Entries in this year’s awards close at 5pm AEST on 24 June 2022. The winners will be advised in late July and finalist images will feature in a limited-time exhibition at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba from 12 September 2022. 

Full details available at heritage.com.au/photocomp 

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