Based on the amazing images from 2008, AT’s Cameron Blair is excited about the return of the Sydney Life photography competition for Art & About 2009.
One of the best things about Sydney is that it has so many cool hidden places – and for a photographer, this can result in many, many picture-perfect opportunities. And although the entry for Sydney Life 2009 closed today (Tuesday July 7), there’s no question that the participants will be unearthing all manner of weird and wonderful aspects of the city.

“Every year, Sydney Life gives Sydneysiders and visitors a chance to view humorous, moving and vibrant artworks from the city’s most brilliant photographers.” — Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP

Aimed at bringing out the best photographers that visit and live in Sydney, this awesome competition is part of the almost month-long Art & About Festival, and will see the person who snaps the best shot walk away with a big fat smile, a cheque for $5000, and a $5000 investment in the AMP Capital Sustainable Share Fund. There’ll also be a Peoples’ Choice Award, decided by the public, the winner of which will receive Fuji Film products worth $3000.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said about the comp: “Every year, Sydney Life gives Sydneysiders and visitors a chance to view humorous, moving and vibrant artworks from the city’s most brilliant photographers.”

Once the latest crop of magnificent works of art are submitted, the distinguished panel of judges – Sandy Edwards (Producer and Curator, Arthere), Julie Rrap (renowned Sydney Artist) and Malcolm Smith (Program Manager, Australian Centre for Photography) – will spend countless hours deciding which images hold sway over this year’s Sydney Life competition.

The competition is comprised of just 25 photographic works that will be enlarged up to bed-sheet size and displayed along the central walkway of Hyde Park North from October 1-25, 2009.

Sandy Edwards, producer and curator, says that the fact it’s in Hyde Parks makes it great and the pieces themselves act as advertising. “I think it’s fantastic that anyone can enter. When you look at their CV you can see that most of the people who enter have had training in either photography or fine arts.”

For more info and to follow the progress of the comp, check out www.artandabout.com.au

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