Art Prizes for January

Head On Photographic Prize, Glover Prize, The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Sydney Art Studio Painting Prize, John Fries Award

Head On Photographic Prize, 

Photo Awards 2017
Over $50,000 in Prizes

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across 4 categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student.

Head On Photo Festival, one of the world's most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2017.

The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from Classical to Contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia's young photographers (school years K-12).

DEADLINE: Sunday 26  February 2017, 11pm (Sydney time)
Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer.

Glover Prize

The Glover Prize has become one of Australia's most significant awards for landscape painting. It is awarded annually for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania. The winner receives $40,000 and a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, whose legacy is celebrated through the Prize.

Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting and Tasmania. The Glover is open to artists from anywhere in the world. The exhibition is held over the March long-weekend in the historic Falls Park pavilion in Evandale, a village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania.
The winner of the Glover is selected from around 40 works chosen by a panel of eminent judges.

Ben Quilty, Artist
Eleonora Triguboff, Chair / Publisher ARTAND
Dr Mary Knights, Senior Curator of Art Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP will be judged by industry professionals who will award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2017 the major prize of $15,000 is awarded to a painting. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

In 2017 we welcome Samantha Comte, Curator & Exhibition Coordinator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Jason Smith, Director Geelong Gallery who will be joining Joanna Bosse, Curator, The Gallery @ BACC on the 2017 selection panel.

Sydney Art Studio Painting Prize

Entries close 5th of February 2017
The winning artist will receive a studio space in Sydney for 6 months(valued at $4000), and their artwork will be acquired by Sydney Art Studios. Emerging artists are especially encouraged to apply. The prize is designed to showcase emerging and previously un-exhibited artists alongside established Australian artists. All artworks from the final selection will be available for sale during the exhibition. The Sydney Art Studios Prize is open to all artists working in the medium of painting. Entry fee is AUD$40 to assist with administration costs. Limited to three entries per artist, submitting the fee each time. The exhibition runs during the weekend of 18th and 19th February 2017.


The John Fries Award 2017 for early career artists is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000 with all finalists receiving an artist’s fee of $1000 each. It is an exciting opportunity for artists working in all media from painting to conceptual art, from performance to photography, and aims to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice.
This annual Award has been generously donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.

Since mid-2012, the Award has been managed by Copyright Agency | Viscopy. The John Fries Award 2017 will be presented at the UNSW Galleries in Paddington, Sydney as part of our partnership with UNSW Art and Design.

Copyright Agency | Viscopy
Viscopy was set up by artists for artists in 1995. Today, Copyright Agency | Viscopy advocates for artists' copyright and provides services that ensure artists are fairly rewarded for the reproduction of their work by issuing licences and collecting fees on their members’ behalf.  In doing so, we aim to help build a more resilient creative economy where new artistic expression is valued and artists are acknowledged and financially rewarded for their work.