Finalists of Australian Life photography competition announced

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Twenty-eight images have been selected for the Australian Life photography competition capturing depictions of life in Australia, from landscape and cultural diversity to humanitarian and political issues.

Matthew Abbott, Sheep shearing parade
Matthew Abbott, Sheep shearing parade

The images were selected by a panel of judges, including Sydney Morning Herald managing photo editor Mags King; artist Dennis Golding; and artist, academic and Director of Photography at University of Technology Sydney, Cherine Fahd. 

“The finalists’ images represent Australian life beyond stereotypical perceptions and show its diversity through a spectrum of daily life moments, intimate stories and events,” Mags said.

Nic Walker, Betoota races
Nic Walker, Betoota races

“I found the level of thought and consideration impressive – these finalists celebrate a multitude of stories that make up Australian life and there are thousands more to be told.” 

“The images captured by this year’s finalists are striking and original reflections of what life in Australia means to them,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

David Smith, Burn
David Smith, Burn

The finalist images will be blown up to bedsheet-size images for the Australian Life outdoor exhibition, curated by photographer Sandy Edwards. The exhibition will run along the St James walkway of Hyde Park from 19 September to 13 October. 

The winner of the $10,000 prize will be announced at the exhibition’s opening event. 

More details on the Australian Life finalists are at

The 2019 finalists are:

Aaron Chapman
Alan Coligado
Alex Benetel
Alex Vaughan
Alexandrena Parker
Amala Groom
Anna Kucera
Antoine Veling
David Smith
Dominic Lorimer
Fiona Wolf
Gary Ramage
George Fetting
James Brickwood
Jesse Marlow
Jessica Lindsay
Joel Pratley
Judith Parrot
Klari Agar
Liz Keene
Marty Walker
Matthew Abbott
Nic Walker
Sally Coggle
Scott Barbour
Tanya Lake
Tom Putt
Tristan Still

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