Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017 | Call for Entries

Entries for Queensland’s richest prize for contemporary Australian photography, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA) open Friday 2 June 2017.

Presented by Gold Coast City Gallery and supported in perpetuity by the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts, the photography award aims to support and encourage contemporary Australian photographers.

Established fifteen years ago, the annual award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice.

In 2017 the award becomes one of Australia’s most generous photography prizes with the total prize value increased to $50,000. First prize will be granted an acquisitive award of $25,000. The Gallery will also award up to $25,000 in acquisitions to a selection of finalists.

Gold Coast City Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery said that the 2017 award will have great significance as the Gallery honours the memory of Win Schubert AO, who passed away in April this year.

‘The award is a testament to Win Schubert and her extraordinary lifelong generosity to the Gallery and Australian photography’, Ms Cooper-Lavery said.

‘This exciting new direction for the award in 2017 has a substantially increased award prize, making it the biggest award in Queensland and second in Australia for photography’, she said.

It is also one of the country’s most diverse awards for photography. Since 2002, the award has included a broad selection of finalists with established photographers presented alongside emerging artists, creating a stunning display of diverse themes and approaches to the medium.

‘We are proud to see this art prize go from strength to strength. The Gallery continues to raise its profile on a national level and punch above its weight. We are well and truly setting the scene for our future new gallery due in 2020,’ said The Arts Centre CEO Criena Gehrke.

All works selected as finalists will be exhibited at Gold Coast City Gallery from 9 September to 22 October 2017. The winner will be announced at an official opening event on Friday 8 September.

The winning artwork will become part of the Gold Coast City Gallery collection.

Full details, including entry form and terms and conditions, will be available online at (see Gallery Opportunities page) from Friday 2 June, with submissions closing Friday 14 July.


First Prize: $25,000 (Acquisitive)

Gallery Collection Acquisitions: up to $25,000


Submissions Open – 2 June 2017

Submissions Close – 14 July 2017

Finalists Announced – 11 August 2017

Winner Announced & Exhibition Opening Event – 8 September 2017

Exhibition Dates – 9 September to 22 October 2017

Exhibition details are available at

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