Cost of submission
The cost of submitting to Stories is A$75 per series (5 – 10 images)

Submission dates
Submissions open on March 15th, 2021 and close on May 31st, 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

Stories does not have categories, we are searching for visual narrative ranging from traditional to new and experimental approaches to storytelling

Time restrictions
We have no time restrictions on when a series of work was produced

Previously entered into Stories
We can accept Stories which have been in part submitted previously, although we require the overall work to be substantially different enough photographically and/or conceptually to warrant re-entry

Previously entered into other competitions
Imagery which has previously been entered into other competitions including Australian Photography Awards are welcome to be submitted

Who can enter
Anyone who is residing within Australia or who is an Australian citizen living overseas

Location of imagery
Photos can be taken anywhere in the world, so long as you are an Australian resident or citizen

Supply of files
All images entered into Stories must be submitted by the photographer. For best results images should be saved as a high resolution JPEG and should not exceed 4mb. Do not watermark or put any identifying branding on the images as this will result in disqualification

File naming
We don’t require your files to be named a certain way. When you submit an entry, our system generates an associated file name. Photographer information and descriptive text will be added along with the image in the entry process

Number of images per submission
Each submitted series should contain 5 – 10 images

Captions and statement
Each submission will need to be titled and a statement provided. Series descriptions are capped at 300 words

Community guidelines
If you have feedback, either positive or negative we love to hear from you. Please reach us at [email protected]

We encourage comments, debate and engagement through our social media channels but have no tolerance for abusive behaviour. As a policy we don’t delete posts and endeavour to address any concerns publicly. However we do not tolerate abusive language or behaviour that compromises the work of the individuals we feature.

For further information please view our Terms and Conditions.


As always our main priority is to support photographers. Photographers will retain all and unconditional copyright to their imagery. We will only use the photographer’s imagery to promote Australian Photography Awards, Stories or Photo Collective and to celebrate and feature the photographer’s work. Imagery is always credited and for features we will work with the photographers for selection. If a photographer doesn’t want us to use imagery we will happily comply.


Photography awards mean different things to different people. They can represent a significant milestone in a professional’s career, a way for independent photographers to engage with the wider photographic community or to have your work recognised by your peers. To enter an award you don’t need to be a well known photographer, you just need to have an interest and passion in photography and a desire to engage with the broader national community.



Harriet Tarbuck and Tom Goldner – Creative Directors

Harriet is a photographer specialising in portraiture and documentary. Living and working across Australia, the UK and Asia, has created her passion for travel and connecting with people. She focuses on capturing daily life which has an emphasis on the celebration of women. Across her work, she hopes to show our unique stories and the genuine threads that connect us.

Tom is an artist, curator and teacher of photography who has had a career spanning commercial, documentary, gallery curation and management. His current practice is focused on long-form photographic and multimedia arts projects with an emphasis on creating conversations around environmental issues.

Harriet and Tom continue work together to bring all-accessible photographic and arts practices to the public in the way of community spaces, education and award recognition.




Kate Disher-Quill

Kate Disher-Quill is a Melbourne-based artist working across photography, moving image, research, publication and multimedia. Since 2010 she has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows around Australia, and her publications have been distributed in leading bookstores and art institutions, including Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria.

Much of Kate’s artistic practice focuses on collaborative and multidimensional approaches to storytelling, such as her book Earshot, published in 2019 by Black Inc, which portrays the myriad of experiences of Deafness and hearing loss, intersecting art and storytelling with health and education.




Mags King

Mags King is the managing photo editor at The Sydney Morning Herald responsible for leading a successful team of photojournalists.

With over twenty years of experience, she has overseen coverage of major news events locally and internationally. She has curated and produced high profile annual photo exhibitions and has been photographic judge for the Walkley Awards, Amnesty International, Indian Photographic Festival, SEPA and is on the Walkley advisory board.






Angus Scott 

Angus is a photographer, film maker and writer who’s art practice utilises still and moving image to consider the relationships between human/environmental spheres of influence, interpreting landscapes both physical and cultural.

As the content editor at Photo Collective, Angus spends his days immersed in contemporary Australian photography.




Initial Judging

Once entries close, our in-house committee will consider all Stories through a scoring system. During scoring the panel is free to discuss anything that may aid in judging the Stories. For example this may include explaining an uncommon technique used or identifying subject matter.

The highest scoring 30 submissions will then be shortlisted for the next round of judging. In the event of multiple Stories being tied for the 30th place, the panel may re-score the submissions in the tie, and discuss the merits of each body of work to come to a final decision. Once they have selected the top 30 submissions they will manually review all entries which didn’t make it through to ensure nothing was overlooked. If they feel there are more than 30 submissions which are serious contenders they will bring them in for the next round. 

All 30 shortlisted entrants will be contacted by email and a public announcement will be made via email, text message, social channels and through our website.

Final Judging

Following initial judging, a panel of five committee members will discuss and review each of the 30 shortlisted Stories. The committee will have the opportunity to preview all 30 Stories before judging commences. Each entry is then scored and deliberated over to determine the final outcome. In the event of multiple entries being tied, the judging committee will discuss the merits of each of the entries to come to a final decision.

We believe this discussion and debate allows the judging committee to work together to deliver the best possible outcome for the entrants and in determining the overall final position of each submission.

Winners Announcements

The three winning Stories will be announced through our social media platforms and through our email database and website. Shortlisted finalists will also be recognised on these platforms and we will continue to profile, share and feature them through our channels throughout the year.

Other judging considerations

Administrators and employees of Photo Collective are not allowed to enter Stories. Neither is the judging committee for Stories allowed to enter. We are committed to ensuring that all entrants are treated equally regardless of their background or notoriety. We ensure our committee is held to the highest standard of ethics and every submission is treated with the same amount of time and respect. When discussing the finalists, if committee members know the image or creator, they will acknowledge this briefly before presenting their ideas and thoughts so that this can be taking into consideration.