About The Pixel Prize

The Pixel Prize provides high school students from Australia (NSW, VIC and QLD), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with the opportunity to:

·         develop their passion for photography by addressing a topical theme

·         attend an exhibition opening and prize-giving night with industry professionals

·         meet with young budding photographers and graphic designers

·         win fantastic prizes and be rewarded for their effort and talent.

Entrants are invited to submit 1, 2 or 3 digital collages or photographs into the competition (up to 3 collages or photographs can be entered per participant). Images entered should address the relevant theme, be uploaded in the correct format and be accompanied by a title and 50 word description. This year, the theme is ‘Empathy’. For details regarding the theme, please visit the Theme page.

The judges for entries from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are, respectively, Sandy Edwards, Todd Reece Johnson and a reputable Queensland photographer from the Brisbane Photographic Society.

Sandy Edwards, a leading Australian photographer and curator, works in the photo documentary field, particularly looking at the portrayal of women and Indigenous communities. Her work has been shown at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Gallery of Australia and is in the collections of Parliament House, Canberra, Monash Gallery of Art and private collections. As a curator, Sandy has established the ARTHERE program as part of the Head On Festival as well as the City of Sydney’s Art and About.

Todd Reece Johnson is an Australian artist and educator who employs analogue techniques to investigate the malleability of photographic images. His photographs result from a physical exchange between film, objects, insects and detritus gleaned from the natural environment. Todd has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including the Fotofilmic International Juried photography exhibition in Vancouver, BC (2016). He was recently awarded a three-month artist residency at SomoS Art House in Berlin where he will produce new work for exhibition in 2018. Todd has published his work in numerous international journals and magazines such as ‘Sneaky Magazine’ (2014), ‘Art Ascent: International Art Journal’ (2015), ‘Blame Magazine’ (2015), ‘Aint-Bad Magazine’ (2016) and ‘PHOTODUST’ (2017). He was recently selected as a guest panelist for the Illuminating Australian Art Series held at the National Gallery of Victoria in October 2016. He is the creator of EXPOSURE, an online publication, juried exhibition and prize, which showcases the most innovative and sophisticated student photography emerging from within Australian Universities. Todd lectures in Photography studies at Australian Catholic University, MIBT (Deakin College) and Deakin University.

Queensland’s judge to be finalised.

The National School of Arts in the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU is sponsoring the Australian component of the Pixel Prize and ACU International is sponsoring its International component.