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Shutterbugs, here's your chance to become Australia's next Emerging Photographer

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Fancy yourself a wizard with a camera? Now's your chance to prove it by becoming Australia's next Emerging Photographer.

SunStudios, in partnership with Canon Australia, has announced that submissions are now open for the 2021 edition of the SunStudios Emerging Photographer Award (SEPA). There's a total prize pool of AU$25,000 on offer across four main categories – two in stills and two in video – as well as two people's choice winners.

This is the 12th year the competition has been held, but the first time a videography category has been included.

The theme for the 2021 Emerging Photographer Award is Faces & Places, so any fashion or portrait photos, along with landscapes, travel, architecture and documentary photography are acceptable. Video entries should be under four minutes in length, on the same theme.

Photographers from across Australia are welcome to enter, and all submissions will be judged anonymously.

Submissions close at 11:59pm AEST on Friday, August 23, and winners will be announced at SunStudio's Atrium gallery in Sydney on September 30. An exhibition of the finalists' work has been scheduled to open on the same day, but attendance will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in place at that time. If the pandemic is at bay, the exhibition will then travel to Melbourne's Skylight Gallery in November.

To find out how to enter, head to the SEPA website for all the details, prize inclusions, judges, as well as the terms and conditions.

Sharmishta Sarkar

In addition to her contributions to Digital Camera World, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar – and is truly passionate about all aspects of photography and imaging, from cameras and camera phones to lenses and laptops to 360 cameras and medium format cameras. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!