DROPS of water and jumping spiders sit alongside steer wrestlers and haunting train journeys. All are images entered in the 2013 Macquarie Photography Prize, based in Dubbo.
Prize co-ordinator Mike Coward said there’s been a constant flow of entries from all around the world, pointing out that there ‘have been more entries from Lithuania than Dubbo.’
This year, the categories have changed, but still reflect an element of natural, manmade and digitally manipulated photography. According to Mike, arthouse is eternally popular, while the broad nature category is also receiving a lot of entries.
Macro has been less common due to its need for specialist equipment and live action has been less lively than in previous years.
This time around, a massive $16,000 prize pool is available, with the best in show to receive $10,000 of that amount. The People’s Choice Award is worth $3000, the four sections winners will each receive $500 and four highly commended entries will receive $250 each.
“It’s a very substantial first prize now,” Mike said.
But for professional photographers such as last year’s overall winner Luke Peterson, winning the prize is about more than money.
He told Mike that “it’s lovely to win but we want exposure. It’s lovely for people to see our stuff.
“The amount of traffic that’s on the website, it’s worth gold to them,” Mike said.
The Macquarie Photography Prize exhibition dates have also been brought forward in 2013 and finalists are being selected on a monthly basis.
The contest closes on February 28, with the exhibition to go on show locally at St Brigid’s Church on March 30.
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