About the Muswellbrook Photographic Award

Ruby Spowart's artwork titled Roidscape


With a current prize value of $10,000 the Muswellbrook Photographic Award has been gaining popularity ever since its launch in 1987, drawing the most talented photographers and adjudicators from the Upper Hunter and beyond.

The Muswellbrook Photographic Award is held biennially (during even-numbered years). Entries are called for at the beginning of the year, with the award  announcements and exhibition taking place throughout March and April.

A brief history of the Photograph Award

The first Photographic Award received a modest 48 entries and was awarded to Ruby Spowart for her artwork titled Roidscape.

2008 was, so far, the most controversial award, with Anthony Mravicic’s “Mind Field” taking out the prize. This work is not only the smallest two-dimensional work in the Muswellbrook Shire Collection, measuring 10 x 15cm, it is also an unfixed Gelatin silver print, meaning it will eventually fade to black.

We are eternally grateful to Coal & Allied - loyal sponsors to this award. This loyalty has no doubt ensured the award’s longevity. Additionally we are thankful to the Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club for their ongoing sponsorship contributions.