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Are you on Instagram? Of course you are. And so are nine million other Australians. And between us and one billion other ‘Grammers around the world, we share about 95 million photos every single day. Yep, blew our minds, too.


One thing’s for sure, you’ve upped your photography game since you started using the app (that photo, the one that got your followers double-tapping like crazy). Maybe getting your regular #photooftheday fix has got you thinking of taking a class or two. (You know we’re here for you, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane - and about to go back live very soon, Perth and Adelaide!)


Who knows, your snaps might even be #instagood enough to win one of these photo contests!


Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award: $50,000



The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA), presented by Gallery at HOTA in the Gold Coast, just opened this week and it’s got all the photogs buzzing. It is after all one of the most coveted prizes in Australian photography. Both emerging and pro practitioners are invited to participate and best last year’s winner, “Two Heads” by Polly Borland, pictured here. Take the challenge! Deadline: 24 August 2018. Learn more here.


Not Good at Human Tapestry #pollyborland

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Photographer of the Year



Up for grabs in the 2018 edition of Panasonic’s Photographer of the Year is a pool of over $45,000 in cash and prizes. Open only to amateur photographers (yaaas), participants can enter any one of seven categories and have a chance to join an immersive two-day session with acclaimed landscape photographer Ken Duncan. Deadline: 15 November 2018. Learn more here.


Bowness Photography Prize: $30,000


CALLING ALL ARTISTS | ENTRIES INVITED -- The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize was established to promote excellence in photography across all photographic media and stylistic genres by both established and emerging artists with work produced within the last year. To enter head to #linkinbio or mga.org.au -- Entries close 5pm | Wednesday 11 July 2018 -- Images: Polixeni PAPAPETROU Delphi (detail) 2016 from the series Eden pigment ink-jet print 127.5 x 85.0 cm #mgacollection courtesy of the Estate of @polixenipapapetrou #polixenipapapetrou @michaelreidsydney @jarvisdooney -- Joseph McGLENNON Florilegium #1 2014 from the series Florilegium pigment ink-jet print 127.0 x 100.0 cm #mgacollection courtesy of the @josephmcglennon #josephmcglennon @michaelreidsydney -- Jacky REDGATE Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009–11 chromogenic print 126.5 x 159.0 cm #mgacollection courtesy of #jackyredgate @arconegallery -- Valerie SPARKS Prospero's Island – North East 2016 from the series Prospero's Island pigment ink-jet print 140.0 x 220.0 cm #mgacollection courtesy of @valerie_sparks26 #valeriesparks -- Jesse MARLOW Laser vision 2011 from the series Don't just tell them, show them chromogenic print 50.8 x 74.0 cm #mgacollection courtesy of @jessemarlow #jessemarlow -- #bownessprize #mgafoundation #bownessphotographyprize #monashgalleryofart #australianhomeofphotography #contemporaryphotography #australianphotography #entriesopen #callforentries #photoprize #artprize @sothebysaustralia @colour_factory @brightbrewery @chainofponds @gomersalwines @michaelbrandsydney @noushiep @davidrosetzky

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There’s a special space in the Monash Gallery of Art that’s just waiting for your best images. The MGA Foundation is the force behind The Bowness Photography Prize, one of Australia’s most open prizes for photography. Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to submit entries, in both film-based and digital format, with a chance to win a whopping cash prize of $30,000. Better hustle, this one closes in a week! Deadline: 11 July 2018. Learn more here.


Australian Life Prize: $10,000



Do you like spending entire days walking around Sydney with your new DSLR, just shooting away at everyday scenes? Art & About Sydney loves you already. Professionals and amateurs alike are welcome to submit photos that “engage and intrigue, showing Australia beyond the icons”. Get a chance to display your work in Hyde Park and wow hundreds of thousands of visitors! Deadline: 29 July 2018. Learn more here.


Feeling lucky yet? Well, if you’re in Melbourne or Brisbane, Penny Koukoulas is offering a sweet deal on her winter holiday classes. Check them out stat and save 20%!

Turn your photos from good to #2instagood!
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