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.

This year, Art & About Sydney’s much-loved Sydney Life exhibition has grown 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. Don’t miss the stunning large-scale reproductions of their work on show along the St James walkway of Hyde Park north.

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.

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

People’s choice winner

Which finalist do you you think encapsulated Australian Life perfectly? Vote below for your favourite image before 12 October, for the chance for that photographer to win the Peoples Choice prize – a New Year’s Eve prize package, including flights, accommodation and NYE experience. Read the terms and conditions for more information.


Meet the Photographers: Australian Life
Hear from Gill Minervini, Creative Director of Events at the City of Sydney who will discuss the 2014 Art & About Festival program and talk to photographers Paul Blackmore, Louise Whelan and Tamara Voninski about their winning entries in the Australian Life exhibition.  They’ll share the stories behind their art as well as advice on how to best capture those unique moments on camera.

When: Thursday, 2 October at 6:00 pm

Where: Sydney Apple store, 367 George Street, Sydney

Register for this free event at

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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