Sharing a unique lens on life in Australia

CoS Australian Life Winner - Jon Lewis, Barber Shop, 2016Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images that depict their interpretation of life in Australia for one of the country’s most prestigious photography exhibition and prizes. Snappers across the country can enter the City of Sydney’s Australian Life photography competition for the chance to win $10,000 and have their work showcased in an outdoor exhibition in Hyde Park.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was looking for images that reflect the incredible diversity of life in Australia. “Australian Life is a much-anticipated annual exhibition that has attracted hundreds of thousands of images since it first began 15 years ago,” said the Lord Mayor.

“The photography exhibition encourages photographers to capture our country in new and surprising ways that show what living in Australia means to them. Whether it’s a humorous take on life or a shot of a remote landscape, we want to see inspiring and thought-provoking images that represent the many different experiences of life in Australia.”

Australian Life began in 2002 as the Sydney Life exhibition and expanded nationally in 2014, giving greater scope for a broad range of photographic talent. Twenty finalist images will be selected by a panel of judges, and blown up into large-scale portraits for the exhibition which runs in Hyde Park from 14 September to 8 October 2017 – the winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

Australian Life is presented as part of the City’s Art & About Sydney program. “Art & About Sydney celebrates our city’s creativity and imagination, with local and international artists bringing their ideas, creativity and unique spirit to the spaces we all share,” said the Lord Mayor.

Entries for the Australian Life competition are now open and close on 28 July 2017. For more information, including entry criteria, visit: for details.

Image: 2016 winning image of Australian Life – Barber Shop (detail) by Jon Lewis