Australian Life

 How would you capture Australian Life in a single image?

 From the epic to the intimate, from the harsh to the fragile, Australia is a country capable of holding so many experiences.

In 2014, Art & About Sydney’s much-loved Sydney Life exhibition grew to encompass our entire continent, with photographers giving us their unique take on what Australian Life means to them.

Our judges have picked 22 finalists and a $10,000 prize-winner. The large-scale reproductions of their work was shown along the St James walkway of Hyde Park north between 19 September and 12 October.

Congratulations to Georgina Pope, whose photo A Great Day for Drying won the $10,000 prize. Jon Lewis was named as runner up for his image Farewelling Martin Sharp.

Boarding, by Rodney Campbell won the 2014 People’s Choice award.

The judges
Ken Done
is one of Australia’s best known artists. He’s held over 50 one-man shows around the world, and his original art has become the creative source of a famous Australian brand, symbolising Australia to many around the globe.
Lisa Messenger is Editor in Chief of The Renegade Collective magazine and owner and Creative Director of The Messenger Group.
Stephen Duponts hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples have received international acclaim, winning prestigious prizes and featuring in major national and international publications.

Where St James walkway, Hyde Park north.
When 19 September – 12 October

 2014 finalists

What people are saying…

“The (Australian Life) shortlist… is a significantly diverse patchwork of Australian daily life in its weirdest, funniest and saddest moments.” – Concrete Playground


“‘There were some really fascinating interpretations of people just in their homes with the food they ate, the cultural dress they had – it really displayed some diversity around the wonderful nature that now is Australia.” – Australian Life judge, Lisa Messenger in Arts Hub.

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