Stories is a series-based award specifically designed to celebrate the best in photographic narrative

Operated by Photo Collective and supported by Momento Pro and Nikon Australia, Stories seeks traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling which reflect our current times. We launched the initiative in 2020 as a way to engage our community during the early days of isolation. We felt the need to connect and create space for growth during this difficult period when many photographers were limited creatively. Since then, Stories has become a way for photographers to share their voice and learn from one another.

Now a permanent part of our annual program, we call for 5 – 10 images accompanied by an artist statement, allowing our community to experiment with the relationship between text and image, photographs and words.

Each year we change our committee to reflect the diversity we hope to represent through the award. Together, we curate 30 shortlisted submissions and award three equal prize recipients. We celebrate our entrants through our highly engaged digital channels along with our printed publication, the Stories Annual.

Stories operates each year between March and June. Check back for opening announcements in the first part of 2022.


Since 2014, we have been immersed in the discovery of diverse imagery.

Photo Collective represents photographers, advocates, educators and curators working towards the collective goal of celebrating and contributing to the changing ecology of Australian photography. We achieve this through award recognition, publications, exhibitions, community engagement initiatives and educational programs.

Through our existing initiatives Fox Darkroom & GalleryAustralian Photography Awards and Stories, along with our recently announced Photobook Awards, we have composed a network of creative collaborators ranging from Australia’s most established visual artists to the emerging voices of the next generation. We work daily to continue to expand this network with the aim of ensuring all Australian’s feel represented within this space.


The Stories Annual is a publication created in collaboration with Momento Pro

The Stories Annual features imagery from the shortlisted finalists alongside statements from the artists themselves. We highlight our top three placing Stories with multiple page spreads and written accompaniment.