Frank Hurley Photography Awards

Frank Hurley Photography Awards

Deadline: December 31, 2020
Entry Fee: from $50 to $150, Students 50% Discount
Prizes: 10-day Discover Antarctica trip, $500, valuable prizes

The Frank Hurley Photography Awards is an international competition to find the best in new photography honouring the spirit and adventurous career of this iconic Australian photographer.

Conserving Australia’s Antarctic Heritage

The Frank Hurley Photography Awards is organised and presented by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation Ltd., a registered not for profit charity established in 1997 dedicated to conserving Australia’s most isolated heritage property, the original expedition huts of 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). Situated at Cape Denison in East Antarctica, the buildings, now known as Mawson’s Huts were built by the expedition team and used as their main base for two years. Led by Dr Douglas Mawson (who was later knighted), the team included the 26-year old Frank Hurley as the official photographer, who operated from a tiny 1.2m2 darkroom within the main hut.

Net proceeds from the Frank Hurley Photography Awards will go to support the vital work of helping to conserve Australia’s Antarctic heritage for generations still to come.

Frank Hurley

James ‘Frank’ Hurley was an Australian photographer, film maker and author who created some of the most striking photographs of adventure and exploration ever taken.

The Frank Hurley Photography Awards exists to celebrate that legacy and to seek out contemporary photographers who can harness the power of the camera in the way that Frank Hurley made unforgettable.


In all categories, we are seeking photographs captured after 1 January, 2015. Shortlisted entrants may be asked to provide evidence (e.g. time stamp) of this qualification at a later date.

  • Polar
    Any photograph taken within the polar regions – north or south, on land or at sea or from the air. The photograph may be of any subject (including humans) in that environment.
  • Scenic
    Deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, natural formations, weather, sunsets, sunrises, cloud formations and astronomical photography.
    Photographs must not be multiple exposures or manipulated images.
  • Composition
    In the tradition of Frank Hurley, this category includes multiple exposures, montages and manipulated images that tell a story with drama and emotion.
  • Nature
    Nature photography (including underwater photography), flora and fauna in any location world-wide.
    Judges will look for a unique perspective on wild places, large or small.
  • Portrait of Adventure
    Images can be taken anywhere in the world but must contain at least one person.
    Images conveying adventure, exploration or discovery will be highly regarded.


The Frank Hurley Prize

  • a single berth on a 10-day Discover Antarctica trip on the Ocean Endeavour valued at over AU$10,000.
  • a single return economy airfare from your nearest capital city (in Australia) or from your national capital city (outside Australia)
  • a maximum of four nights accommodation if necessary based on transit routes and timings between the recipient’s home and the expedition vessel.

The winner of the Frank Hurley Prize will be deemed to have also won the category entered and therefore receives the prizes for that category:

  • a feature-packed Fujifilm X100F Silver – X Series compact camera
  • $200 momento voucher
  • 45 min portfolio preview via zoom with the presiding judge of the category
  • either a tripod or camera bag/case pending category

Category Prize

Awarded to the winner of each of the 5 categories, the prize includes:

  • a feature-packed Fujifilm X100F Silver – X Series compact camera
  • $200 momento voucher
  • 45 min portfolio preview via zoom with the presiding judge of the category
  • either a tripod or camera bag/case pending category

Finalists Prize

Awarded to the finalists in each category, the prize includes:

  • a numbered limited edition print copy of an original Frank Hurley photo taken of Blizzard, one of the pups born at Cape Denison from the team of Greenland huskies used by the expedition.

People’s Choice Prize

Awarded to the winner of the People’s Choice, from votes cast at the Frank Hurley Photography Awards Exhibition, the prize includes:

  • $500 cash

All entrants

All entrants are invited to take up the offer of

  • 10% off the advertised price of any Antarctic voyage when booked directly through Chimu Adventures.

Cost of Entry

  • 2 Entries – $50
  • 4 Entries – $75
  • 6 Entries – $100
  • 8 Entries – $125
  • 10 Entries – $150

Students 50% Discount

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