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Watch live: Australian Life photography prize winners announced

Lord Mayor Clover Moore and judges Trent Parke and Michaela Skovranova reveal the grand prize winner and people’s choice award for 2021.

Storm Swimmer

From loud bursts of colour to quiet family moments, 28 images paint a picture of Australia’s unique personality.

Youthful innocence, caring communities, sporting prowess, intimacy and reflection – these documented moments represent stories that make up Australian Life.

Voting for the people’s choice award closes at midnight on Wednesday 15 September. See all the finalists and vote for your favourite. The winner will receive an Olympus prize pack valued at over $5,000.

The winner’s announcement will be broadcast on YouTube Live on Thursday 16 September from 12.30pm to 1pm.

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Photographer talks

Join the Australian Life photography finalists in a series of online talks to learn more about the stories behind the images.

Find out more and book for the weekly talks starting Thursday 16 September.

Australian Life is one of the nation’s biggest – and most democratic – photography prizes. For more than 15 years, amateur and professional photographers have presented epic and intimate images of Australia. A panel of professional photographers, artists and curators selects the finalists and the $10,000 grand prize winner.

Australian Life is produced by the City of Sydney as part of Art & About Sydney, an ongoing program of temporary art projects in unusual spaces.

Published 7 September 2021, updated 29 June 2022