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Australian Photography Awards 2020
We Are Women by Cara O'Dowd. Winner of the Open/Illustrative category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Cara O'Dowd/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

With more entries than ever before, the Australian Photography Awards (APA) have announced the winners of this year’s awards. With eight different categories, some 5,800 entries were submitted - a 30% increase on the previous year.

 The winners are Nicole Reed (Portrait), Tom Putt (Landscape), Christopher Hopkins (Documentary), Claudia Messenger (Student), Natalya Stone (Animal/Wildlife), Cara O’Dowd (Open/Illustrative),Pepijn Thijsse (Travel/Street) and Harper Allen (Junior – 13 and under).

Invasion by Natalya Stone. Winner of the Animal/Wildlife category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Natalya Stone/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

I want to hold her hand by Christopher Hopkins. Winner of the Documentary category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Christopher Hopkins/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

Smile by Nicole Reed. Winner of the Portrait category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Nicole Reed/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

In the Cloud by Pepijn Thijsse. Winner of the Travel/Street category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Pepijn Thijsse/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

Quarantined for a Dream by Claudia Messenger. Winner of the Student category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Claudia Messenger/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

Broken River by Tom Putt. Winner of the Landscape category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Tom Putt/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

Calming Waters by Harper Allen. Winner of the Junior category of the Australian Photography Awards 2020 (Image credit: Harper Allen/Australian Photography Awards 2020)

APA was founded in 2015 by Harriet Tarbuck and Tom Goldner both of whom work commercially within the photographic industry and feel passionately about fostering community engagement through the photographic arts.

“APA sets out to celebrate and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers", explains Tarbuck. "Since our first campaign in 2016, APA has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated photographic awards in Australia continually pushing the boundaries of creativity, diversity, originality and inclusiveness".

For more details, and to see the runners up in the competition see the Australian Photography Awards website.  

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.