Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes

About the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

For 2020 and considering the huge changes in the photographic media environment over the past decade, the Moran Arts Foundation will be taking time to review the existing format of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.  Whilst the review is underway, there will be no Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.  The Moran Arts Foundation is committed to supporting and nurturing this vibrant evolving art form in the years ahead. 


Established in 2007, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still, photo based artwork - including analogue and digital photography or staged and directorial photo-media work.

The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to tell a story of how they experience living in Australia; places, people and lifestyle that make our lovable country quintessentially Australian.  It may be a landscape, portrait or action shot.

There are many ways to interpret this brief, but we are after your perspective on contemporary Australian society, your life, your dreams, your abilities, your inabilities, your mates, your loves, your environment & your landscape. We want the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and the everyday. Entries are NOT restricted to portraits.

The Moran Arts Foundation is committed to supporting the Arts in Australia and the art of photography. A first prize worth fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) is awarded to the winner with $1,000 awarded to each finalist. Transport of the printed finalist works from your home state to and from the Sydney venue is also paid for by the Moran Arts Foundation. All semi-finalist works are published on and will be promoted through social media.

The Moran Prize is acquisitive and the winning photograph(s) immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be held and exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.


Prize Money - 2019

Open Section - $80,000 prize pool with the winner awarded  $50,000. All 30 finalists will each receive $1,000. 

Secondary School Students, Year 11 to 12 - The winner is awarded $5,000 and their school is offered a free photographic workshop;

Secondary School Students, Years 9 to 10 - The winner is awarded $3,000 and their school is offered a free photographic workshop;

Secondary School Students, Years 7 to 8 - The winner is awarded $2,000 and their school is offered a free photographic workshop;

Primary School Student Category, Kindergarten to Year 6 - A digital camera will be awarded to 25 selected winners plus a certificate of merit.



Future dates TBA


2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Judges

Open Category: 
Stephen Dupont
Jon Jones
Cheryl Newman

Student Category:
Jim Filmer
Nicole Jackson
Sally Mayman
Louise Whelan

Previous Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Winners 

Full List of DMNPP & MCPP Winners

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information please read the terms and conditions or student terms and conditions

What is the entry fee?
There is a non-refundable entry fee of $30 for each photograph submitted.

Is there are charge for school students to enter?
No, it’s free to enter the student competition

I am an Australian photographer currently living overseas. Do I have to be living in Australia to be eligible to enter the competition?
No, you don’t. You need to be an Australian citizen or resident for the past 12 months preceding the entries close date. HOWEVER, the image you enter into the competition has to be taken within Australia

Is there a maximum number of entries?
For the open section no. For the student section, a maximum of 5 entries per student may be entered

What is the optimal size of jpeg to enter in the competition?
To get the best resolution for judging your image on screen, please submit your jpegs between 4MB & 8MB

Is the prize open to amateurs as well as professional photographers?
Yes, it is. School students are not eligible to enter the Open section

Can I submit a portrait to the photographic prize?
Yes, you can as long as it represents the unique nature of Australian life.  It may be a portrait, landscape or action shot but above all else tell a story of how you experience living in Australia

Can I enter a work that has been manipulated?
Yes, you can

Does my photograph have to be in colour?
No, your photograph can be Black & White, Sepia or any other tone desired

Can I use glass in the framing or presentation of the work?
We ask you to use perspex over glass

What is the maximum word count for the artist’s description?
We prefer 50 – 80, with a maximum of 100

My confirmation email says Artwork 0. Does this mean my entry didn’t go through?
No, it’s just the website’s configuration starting at 0 rather than 1

The image of my works doesn’t show when I click on my entry on the confirmation email. What does this mean?
It probably means you’ve used a symbol or punctuation mark in the naming of the image. They aren’t compatible with our system. If you can’t see your image, please forward your confirmation email to and ask to confirm that it has been successfully uploaded

Do I need written permission from anyone appearing in my photograph?
It is best practice to have consent in writing from people appearing in your entered photographs. For more information please visit the Arts Law Centre of Australia & their information hub

Can I enter a work that has already been entered into another competition?
You may, but if it was hung in a previous exhibition it won’t be looked upon favourably as it won’t be ‘new’. We are ultimately putting together an exhibition at Juniper Hall of the thirty finalists. The public won’t come to see an exhibition of works they’ve already seen.

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