Win a trip to Antarctica with just one photo

Get your entries in for the Frank Hurley Photography Awards before 31 December for your chance to win!
By Australian Geographic July 8, 2020 Reading Time: 2 Minutes Print this page

A MAJOR NEW international photo competition, which launched on 1 July 2020, was named in honour of Australia’s renowned Antarctic photographer Frank Hurley. Australian Geographic is thrilled to be the media partner of this new competition.

Frank Hurley

From the bloody carnage of the battlefields of Passchendaele, to the deserts of the Middle East, and from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the remote valleys of New Guinea, Frank Hurley sought out extraordinary experiences, caught them on film and brought them back for all to see. Hurley’s natural charisma, courage, healthy disregard for authority and technical mastery of his craft made him a classic larrikin, that much-admired Aussie characteristic that still resonates today.

The awards

Run by the not-for-profit charity Mawson’s Huts Foundation, the Frank Hurley Photography Awards launches on 1 July 2020. It will take place every two years and will raise funds for conservation of the fragile wooden huts at Cape Denison where, in a tiny darkroom, Hurley produced those enduring images from Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911–14. Hurley subsequently documented Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition.


Entries opened on 1 July 2020 and will close on 31 December 2020. The winners of the five categories will be announced next year.


The overall winner will receive an all expenses paid Antarctic cruise in 2021–22 with Sydney-based Chimu Adventures aboard Ocean Endeavour, valued at up to $15,000. The winners of each of the five categories will receive a high-quality camera. Both the Hurley and Mawson families have endorsed the competition and all fi nalists will receive a limited edition print from an original Hurley photograph taken at Cape Denison.


The five categories include:

• Polar (below 60 degrees south latitude and above 60 degrees north latitude)
• Scenic (such as deserts, mountains, lakes, sunsets and sunrises)
• Nature (fl ora and fauna anywhere in the world and underwater)
• Portraits of Adventure (taken anywhere in the world but must contain one person)
• Composition (in the tradition of Hurley this category can include multiple exposures, montages and manipulated images).


A panel of distinguished international judges will determine the winners. The judges include Stephen Dupont (Australia), Paul Zizka (Canada), Katie Orlinksy (USA), Krystle Wright (Australia) and Nick Moir (chief photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald).

Cost of entry

Entrants will pay a $50 entry fee, which includes two images in any one category. Each additional category will cost a further $25 for two more images in any one category. Full-time students up to and including Year 12 will pay $25, and $15 for additional categories. All proceeds will go to the conservation of Australia’s Antarctic heritage. Enter here.