$50,000 opportunity for emerging and established photographers

Posted 12 July 2018


One of Australia’s most generous photography awards is now calling for entries.

Darren Sylvester Broken Model 2016, lightjet print, Collection Gallery at HOTA. Acquired from Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017. Image supplied.


The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA) is an exciting platform for established and emerging Australian photographers to showcase their work.

Presented by Gallery at HOTA, Home of the Arts and supported in perpetuity by the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts, it is considered one of the most important awards for contemporary Australian photographic practice.

JUWSPA is also one of Australia’s most generous photography awards with a prize value of up to $50,000. First prize is a $25,000 acquisitive cash prize and the Gallery will award up to an additional $25,000 in acquisitions to a selection of finalists.

‘JUWSPA is a great opportunity. It brings the best in contemporary photography to the Gold Coast, but more broadly to Queensland, where there are limited opportunities to see and exhibit photography.’ said Diana Warnes, Head of Curatorial Projects, Gallery at HOTA.

Entries open Monday 2 July and close Friday 24 August.

Read submission guidelines here.

The award was first introduced in 2002. Over the years, the photographic works in the collection have grown and now aligns with an exciting time in HOTA’s evolution.

Owen Leong, Mudra 2014, pigment print on archival paper, Collection Gallery at HOTA. Winner, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2015. Image supplied.

‘Throughout the Award’s history, it has created a core collection of photography that we’ve had the ability to build and grow through other acquisitions and donations. With development well under way for our new gallery in 2021, our rich photography collection will feature prominently in the inaugural hang. Equally exciting is supporting an artist’s career, which is such a wonderful legacy for Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert,’ said Warnes.

All works selected as finalists will be exhibited at the Gallery at HOTA from 20 October—25 November. The winner will be announced at an official opening event on the evening of Friday, 19 October.


The award is intentionally left open. It is not narrowed by theme and encourages entries from emerging as well as established photographers and artists.

‘Our photography award is a great platform for any Australian photographer to exhibit their work,’ said Warnes.

‘One photographer from the Gold Coast who is doing great things is Anna Carey. Her work was exhibited in JUWSPA and acquired for the collection in 2013. She is now living in LA and it is exciting to share that Anna’s photographs have recently been acquired by LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).’

There are however, three requirements for entries. The work submitted needs to be a recent photograph created on or since 1 January 2017. The photographer also must have resided in Australia for the last twelve months and the photograph must be less than 2 metres square.


First Prize: $25,000 (Acquisitive)

Gallery Collection Acquisitions: up to $25,000


Entries open:  Mon 2 July

Entries close: Fri 24 August

Finalists announced by: Fri 14 September

Selected works to be delivered by: Fri 5 October

Winner announcement & official exhibition opening: Fri 19 October

Exhibition: 20 Oct – 25 Nov


Entries are accepted via the online entry form only. A $40 non-refundable application fee applies to all entries, payable via credit card.

A link will be available on the HOTA website on the Gallery Opportunities page, from Monday 2 July 2018 with all award information, including entry form, terms and conditions and payment details.

Visit hota.com.au for more information about the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018.

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