MAMA Art Foundation
National Photography Prize

Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize is one of the country's longest running celebrations of photography, and certainly the medium's oldest prize.

The acquisitive, biennial award has been staged at Albury Arts Centre, which became the Albury Art Gallery, and is now the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), establishing a strong focus in photography for the museum's collection.

Through the National Photography Prize, works by celebrated artists Max Dupain, Rosemary Laing, Anne Zahalka, Michael Cook and Philip Quirk have been brought into the MAMA collection.

The 2018 National Photography Prize offers a $30,000 acquisitive first prize, courtesy of the generous support of the MAMA Art Foundation. In addition, the John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship offers $5000 to an outstanding emerging Australian artist.

Since the first daguerreotype was produced in the late 1830's, photography's relatively short history has been one of flux and change, commercial use and critical distance, institutional acceptance and now complete ubiquity.

In consideration of the medium's fluid history, the 2018 National Photography Prize encourages artists working across all areas of the photographic field to enter. This includes artists working in traditional forms of light based, chemical production through to those dealing with hybrid and expanded fields of photography and image making.