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Discover the winners of the 2018 Australian Life photography competition

With a $10,000 prize, Australian Life is one of the most prestigious photo contests. From marngrooks to thong shacks. Here are this year’s finest frames.

To everyone who entered in 2018, thank you!

You made us wince, gasp, laugh, fight, weep and wheeze. Most of all, you made us feel so euphorically good about being Australian.

We received 2,478 entries this year. This is the largest number in the 16-year history of the competition, almost doubling our previous record.

Our 3 independent judges, Ken Done (yes, that Ken Done), Wesley Enoch (current artistic director of the Sydney Festival) and award-winning photographer and artist Tamara Dean, swiped left and right for hour upon hour in order to agree upon the 22 finalists.

In selecting the finalist images to exhibit in Hyde Park, the judges looked to curate a collection of images that reflected daily life in a variety of communities. Australian life isn’t all about thongs. Nor is it all about tram rides and scorched earth. It’s a wondrous mish-mash of millions of moments, thoughts, styles, beliefs, accents, environments, past-times and more.

Finally, we believe creativity and the act of creating is very important for a healthy, interesting, and prosperous society. It’s why we run this competition. We love seeing people, regardless of their daily professions, regardless of their skills and equipment, get out and about observing, experimenting, and learning. So keep it up!

View all the finalist images blown-up to bedsheet size portraits amongst the glorious, tree-lined avenues of Hyde Park, 13 September to 7 October.

See you next year.

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