Art and photography awards

This page provides information about the City of Stirling's art and photography awards.

Blink Photography Awards

Our biennial Blink Photography Awards celebrate the art of photography through works by both amateur and professional photographers nationwide.

Entries are now open for the 2018 awards.

Amateur and professional photographers have the chance to see their work showcased in a stunning public exhibition at the Osborne Community Hub from 22-26 November.

A panel of industry representatives will award prizes from a $4000 prize pool and photographers can submit photographs in four categories: Colour, Monochrome, Altered and Mobile.

An entry fee of $20 is payable when you register your submission via Eventbrite and images can then be uploaded via the link provided in your Eventbrite confirmation email.

Please read the Conditions of Entry (below) carefully for full instructions on how to enter, photo specifications and judging processes before submitting your entry. Incorrect, late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Entries close 5pm, Monday 29 October 2018. 

Supported by Ilford, Barrett Exhibition Group, Signage WA, Advance Print and Arts Edge Photo & Frame.

For more information, contact the Arts Officer on 9205 8555 or email photo@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Register to enter

Conditions of entry

Blink Awards 2018

Exhibition, Opening Event and more…

Spanning five days, the Blink Photography Awards 2018 exhibition will open with a free launch event on Thursday 22 November and you can also take part in some fantastic photography workshops across the weekend.

Check back here as more exciting details are revealed for the Blink Photography Awards 2018.

Pictured: Finalist 'Louise Grimshaw' by Stephen Heath

Special Opening Event

Thursday 22 November, 6pm –  9pm
Osborne Community Hub
9-11 Royal Street, Tuart Hill

The Blink Photography Awards 2018 exhibition will open with a free launch event under the stars. Join the photographers for a first look at this stunning exhibition and celebrate the award winners in the courtyard bar with a live DJ and snacks available for purchase.

Exhibition Opening Times

View this stunning free exhibition all weekend:

  • Friday 23 November: 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 24 November: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday 25 November: 9am - 5pm
  • Monday 26 November: 9am - 8pm

Workshops

Take your photography to the next level with workshops at various locations around the City of Stirling. This exciting program includes sessions focussing on travel, night and smartphone photography.

Workshop booking open soon. Check back here for full details. 

Conditions of entry

1. Entries are open to all Australian residents

2. Photographs must be the original work of the artist

3. Participation is limited to three (3) photo entries per person and one (1) entry per category

4. Each individual entry must be registered separately

5. No third party may enter on behalf of another individual unless a parent entering on behalf of a minor

6. Entrants must be less than 18 years of age to be eligible for the Best Photograph by a Young Entrant award.

7. Entrants may select one (1) of the categories listed below in which to enter each photo

Monochrome - Any image containing shades of black, white or a single colour. If toning is carried out, it must be over the whole image

Colour - Any image that would not qualify for monochrome or altered

Altered - Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional effects (i.e., colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, HDR, etc.)

Mobile - Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

8. Entry is via a simple 2-step online process

9. All entrants must complete all sections of the online entry registration form via Eventbrite

10. An entry fee of $20 per entry is paid when submitting your online entry. Each entry must be registered separately

11. Once you have completed your online registration you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to upload your JPEG image file

12. Click on the link in your Eventbrite confirmation email to upload your JPEG image file to Sharefile

13. All files must be named in the following format: Entrant Name_Title of Work (e.g. John Smith_My Stirling)

14. Entries must be submitted online by 5pm Monday 29 October 2018. Late entries will not be accepted

15. If you are unable to upload your image JPEG file via the link provided please contact the City’s Arts Officer via photo@stirling.wa.gov.au

16. Only digital files will be accepted as eligible entries. Prints cannot be accepted

17.Entrants must include with their photo submission an Artist Statement of no more than 50 words. This can be completed in your online entry form on Eventbrite. Artist statements will be provided to the judges and also included on display labels for exhibited works

18. The entrant permits the City of Stirling to make any edits to their Artistic Statement deemed necessary for public exhibition. 

19. Entries must meet the following image quality requirements:

  • Jpeg format
  • Minimum 1000 pixels wide on the shortest side
  • Minimum 300dpi
  • File size no larger than 10MB (10,000KB)
  • For assistance with meeting these specifications please contact the City's Art Officer via photo@stirling.wa.gov.au.

20. Unless specifically entered in the ‘Altered’ category, photographs that have been digitally manipulated beyond standard optimisation will be disqualified. Cropping, removal of dust and reasonable fixes to exposure, colour and contrast are acceptable.

21. The judging panel consists of Western Australian industry representatives

22. Due to the large number of entries, individual feedback cannot be provided. For each photo the judges will consider composition, creativity, technical skill and originality

23. Judges will first select the finalist from each of the categories

24. From the finalists judges will select one (1) overall winner for the Best Photograph 2018 and then a seperate Highly Commended entry for each category

25. Additional prizes will be awarded by the judges for Best Photograph by a Stirling Resident and Best Photograph by a Young Entrant (less than 18 years)

26. No single entry will be awarded more than one (1) of these awards except in the case of the People's Choice Award whch is decided by a public vote

27. All approved entries will be considered by the judges

28. Winning entries in all categories will be notified by email prior to the Exhibition Opening on Thursday 22 November 2018

29. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entrered into

30. Canvassing of City Councillors, staff or judges will result in disqualification. 

31. The shortlist photographs, including the selected finalists will form the Bling Photography Awards exhibition

32. All entrants will be notified by email as to whether their photograph will be exhibited

33. Council reserves the right to refuse to display any entry deemed unsuitable for public exhibition

34. All care is taken in exhibiting the works by the City accepts no responsibility for any damage that may inadvertently occur.

35. All prizes have an acquisitive option and winning images may be added to the City’s Art Collection for future display

36. Upon submission of an entry to the Blink Photography Awards 2018, you as the owner of the image grant the City of Stirling the right to: 

  • Maintain a copy of the image for archival purposes
  • Enlarge and adapt the image to fit the format of the exhibition
  • Display the image in public spaces for the duration of the exhibition
  • In the case of finalist, use the image for promotional and publicity purposes relating Photography Awards and for promotion through social media sites
  • In the case of prize winning photographs, exhibit the image a spart of the City's Art Collection

37. You warrant that you are the owner of all copyright of the artwork or have obtained all necessary approvals to permit the submission fo the image to the Awards

38. The City of Stirling reserves the right to reproduce, free of charge, any finalist entry for publicity purposes or to promote the City of Stirling's photography events

39. The City will acknowledge the photographer in all publicity as the creator and owner of the copyright

40. While the City will take care to ensure the quality and integrity of the reproduced artwork, you acknowledge that enlargements and slight variationsto the image may result from adapting the orginal artwork to the large scale format required for exhibition presentation.

41. All entrants whose work is included in the exhibition will have the opportunity to collect and keep the exhibition print and label of their work

42. Prints can be collected from the City of Stirling Administration Centre, located at 25 Cedric Street Stirling WA 6021, between 8.30am and 5pm from Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December

43. If you are unable to collect your print in the allotted timeframe please contact the Arts Officer to make other arrangements via photo@stirling.wa.gov.au or the Customer Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555

44. Any uncollected prints will be destroyed.

Art Award & Exhibition

Every second year the City of Stirling holds an Art Award and Exhibition where we showcase Western Australian artworks ranging from paintings and drawings through to sculptures and textiles.

Our 2017 art awards were hosted at the City of Stirling’s reception hall, with over 180 artworks on public display.

The City of Stirling would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their support of the 2017 Art Award and Exhibition:

  • Exhibition curator Belinda Kay
  • Judges Peter Dailey, Annimac and Gayle Mason
  • Exhibition sitter Marcaela Faithfull
  • The many artists who took the time to enter the awards and exhibit their artwork
  • Everyone who came to view the exhibits and voted for the People's Choice Award
  • Our dedicated sponsors - Westfield InnalooPerth Expo Hire and Rotary Club of Karrinyup.

2017 Art Award Winners

$5000  City of Stirling Acquisitive First Prize
Winner - Shelley Cowper 'The Boatyard'

$1000 Rotary Club of Karrinyup Local Artist Award
Winner - Hank Gidney 'How we got here, Where is here?' (Pictured here with award Peter Polain from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup)
HIghly Commended - Margaret Smith - 'Fallen Banksia Leaves' and Louise Wells - 'Silver Linings #5: Seeds of Hope'

$1000 Perth Expo Emerging Artist Award (aged 16 – 25 years)
Winner - Stephanie de Biasi "Traces of Thread'
Highly Commended -  Tom Ansell - 'Man Looking' and Declan Young - 'Reflekt'

$500 Westfield Innaloo People's Choice Prize (to be awarded as a Gift Card at the close of the exhibition)
Winner - Chris Goldberg 'On the Fringe' 

$800 Painting Award (watercolour, oil, acrylic, aerosol)
Winner - Daevid Anderson 'Colour Theory'
Highly Commended - Jasna Karajcic - 'Forgotten City' and  May Ali - 'Beyond the Surface # 1'

$800 Drawing Award (works on paper)
Winner - Julie Podstolski 'Once Upon a Wall'
Highly Commended - Chantelle Beckett - 'Urban Drift' and Craig McKeogh - 'Dune'

$800 3D Sculpture Award
Winner - Mikaela Castledine 'Sit!'
Highly Commended - Holly O'Meehan - 'Functionless'

$800 Mixed Media Award (multimedia, textiles, wearable art, photography, collage
Winner - Cathy Charnaud 'Game On'
Highly Commended - Sohan Ariel Hayes - 'Y' and Jasmine O'Brien - 'Untitled'