MAMA Art Foundation
National Photography Prize

Every two years the National Photography Prize offers an opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia. The National Photography Prize brings together artists from across Australia who are developing and challenging photographic language and techniques.

The Prize provides a forum for artists working with photography to present cohesive selections of work, or works in series, offering a depth of critical reflection that recognises the complexities and nuances of the history of the photograph and its contemporary manifestation.

Generously supported by the MAMA Art Foundation, the National Photography Prize offers a $30,000 acquisitive first prize, the $5000 John and Margaret Baker Fellowship for an emerging practitioner, and further supports a number of artists through focused acquisitions.

In consideration of the medium's fluid history, the 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.

The National Photography Prize 2020 Exhibition of Finalists will form part of PHOTO 2020, a major new international festival of photography that will activate Melbourne and sites across Regional Victoria (Including Albury/Wodonga) with the most inspiring photography from Australia and around the world.

The National Photography Prize was inaugurated in 1983, and has largely been held biennially. It is Australia’s longest running acquisitive photographic award, with the 2020 iteration representing its 15th presentation.