The Frank Hurley Photography Awards is an international competition to find the best in new photography honouring the spirit and adventurous career of this iconic Australian photographer.
James ‘Frank’ Hurley was an Australian photographer, film maker and author who created some of the most striking photographs of adventure and exploration ever taken.
Perhaps best known for his Antarctic work with Douglas Mawson and Ernest Shackleton, he was also an accomplished wartime photographer who conveyed the grim horrors of trench warfare in WW1 and documented the campaigns of the Australian Imperial Force in the Middle East during WW2. His immoderate bravery, larrikin spirit and mad pursuit of perfection ruffled many feathers over the course of a long career, but he was willing to go to almost any lengths to capture the images he wanted.

Frank Hurley was a storyteller and an artist well ahead of his time. His career spanned the period from the Kodak Brownie and silent film to Kodachrome and Technicolour travelogues. His use of constructed images (that, is multiple images superimposed to create dramatic effect) was seen as controversial, but it was an early sign of how determined Hurley would be to create emotion and drama, using photography as his toolbox.

Hurley can also be seen as an early practitioner of what Hunter S. Thompson would much later call ‘gonzo journalism’, that being an art form in which the artist is a participant in the story, often telling it in the first person. There’s no argument but that Hurley did this: throwing himself into battle, onto the ice, up in airplanes or into the jungle to bring back the experience of being there to the rest of us. He used photography to tell his stories and has left us with some of the most famous images of the early 20th century.

The Frank Hurley Photography Awards exists to celebrate that legacy and to seek out contemporary photographers who can harness the power of the camera in the way that Frank Hurley made unforgettable.

In five categories, judged by a panel of highly qualified professionals, we will offer substantial prizes and for one overall winner, the trip of a photographic lifetime to Antarctica with Chimu Adventures.
Closing date – October 30, 2020
Prize pool – AU$30,000 in cash and prizes including a berth on an Antarctic Expedition
Entry fee – Starting at 2 entries for AU$25 up to 10 entries for $150. 50% discount for students
Eligibility – Captured from 2015, outdoors & adventure photography, worldwide, all ages and abilities
Copyright policy – All photographers retain copyright in their work. The promoter, Mawson’s Huts Foundation asserts no claims or rights other than those specified in these terms and conditions.
Usage rights policy – All entrants agree to the storage of their images in electronic form for the purpose of judging the competition and the private distribution of those images as required to complete the judging process. Finalist’s images as selected by the judging panel will be printed and mounted at the expense of the Promoter, for display at the Frank Hurley Photography Awards Exhibition. Ownership of the printed images remains with Mawson’s Huts Foundation. These may not be sold or published without the express written permission of the entrant but may be displayed in public to promote the competition and subsequent competitions. The finalist grants to the Promoter the right to use the images in electronic form or in print for the specific purpose of promoting the Mawson’s Huts Foundation or the Frank Hurley Photography Awards in perpetuity without restriction in any media.