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Frank Hurley Photography Awards

Frank Hurley Photography Awards 2020


A major new international photo competition launches this year and has been named in honour of Australia's renowned Antarctic photographer, Frank Hurley. The Frank Hurley Photo Awards launches on 1 July 2020 and is run by the Mawson's Huts Foundation. It will take place every two years and will raise funds for the conservation of the fragile wooden huts at Cape Denison where, in a tiny darkroom, Hurley produced those enduring images from Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Entries will open on 1 July 2020 and close on 30 October 2020 with winners being announced on 2 December in Hobart, the 108th anniversary of Hurley's departure from Hobart with Mawson's AAE.


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The five categories include:

Any photograph taken at a location above 60°N latitude or below 60°S latitude, on land or at sea or from the air.

Deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, natural formations, weather, sunsets, sunrises, cloud formations and astronomical photography.

Nature photography (including underwater photography), flora and fauna in any location world-wide.

Portraits of Adventure
Images can be taken anywhere in the world but must contain at least one person.

In the tradition of Frank Hurley, this category includes multiple exposures, montages and manipulated images that tell a story with drama and emotion.


Cost of entry

  • Entrants will pay a $50 entry fee which includes two images in any one category.
  • Each additional category will cost a further $25 for two more images in any one category.
  • Full time students up to and including year 12 will pay $25 and $15 for additional categories.



The overall winner will win an all-expenses-paid Antarctic cruise aboard The Ocean Endeavour, valued up to $15,000. The winners of each of the five categories will receive a high quality camera.

Both the Hurley and Mawson families have endorsed the competition and all finalists will receive a limited-edition print from an original Hurley photograph taken at Cape Denison.


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