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    • Images of works will be viewed by the Adjudicators who will select Prize Finalists. The decisions of the Adjudicators shall be final, and no communication will be entered into regarding such decisions, inclusive of feedback.
    • Images of works will be judged with respect to the following guiding principles of artistic expression:

      • Aesthetic value
      • Design, composition and visual elements
      • Selection and application of materials
      • Skill and technique
      • Creativity and originality
      • Concept
      • Fulfilled intent
      • Integration of materials, technique and expression
      • Presentation
      • Satisfies the requirements of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection Policy
    • Finalists will be notified via, and published on, the relevant Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and Australian Photographic Society managed forum(s) consistent with the manner in which the Prize entry and promotion has been conducted.
    • The Acquisitive Prize Winner is selected by the Adjudicators. The decision of the Adjudicators shall be final, and no communication will be entered into regarding such decision, inclusive of Works will be judged with respect to the guiding principles of artistic expression specified above.
    • The Acquisitive Prize Winner will be notified via, and published on, the relevant Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and Australian Photographic Society managed forum(s) consistent with the manner in which the Prize entry and promotion has been conducted.


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Alex Wisser


Alex Wisser is a contemporary artist and creative producer living in Kandos NSW, Australia. His practice is cross disciplinary and community engaged, exploring the potential of art to participate in everyday cultural contexts, especially the regional context in which I live and work. He has co-founded and run an Artist Run Initiative, studios and exhibition space for two years called INDEX. He is currently co-founder and creative director of the contemporary arts festival in rural NSW, Cementa and is a founding member of regional artist cooperative Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.



2016-2021       Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation

Co-founded with Ian Millis, Lucas Ihlein, Laura Fisher and others, this artist run “school” looks at ways in which art can participate in cultural change outside of the art world context. In 2016 we mounted a highly successful forum on the social relationship to land. We are currently engaged in a large-scale project over 2 years, partnering artists and farmers in activities that look at how farming is changing to more sustainable models.

        Cementa Contemporary Art Festival

Co-founded with Georgina Pollard and Ann Finegan this 4-day, 40 artist independent contemporary art festival in the town of Kandos NSW.


2010-2012       INDEX. Art Space

Co-founded this ARI art space in St. Peters, providing studio and project spaces to contemporary artists and giving our curatorial and collaborative activities the resources and space needed to bring to full fruition.


2009-2010        At The Vanishing Point – Contemporary Art   Co-Director

This volunteer role was an immensely rewarding experience in which I gained a thorough understanding and experience of all areas of an independent contemporary art gallery, from curation to demounting, documentation to catalogue.


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Heidi Romano


Heidi Romano is an independent creative with a diverse skill set, honed through 20 years of experience. Heidi has a critical eye for the issues that count. She is a passionate exhibition designer and loves collaborating through all levels of project development. In February 2015 she founded & directed the inaugural Photobook Melbourne festival and thus established a new platform for artists, bookmakers and book lovers in Australia. In late 2009 she founded Unless You Will, an acclaimed online photography journal dedicated to showcasing the finest of international visual storytelling.


2009 Creative at Unless You Will Studio


2017 - Present Design Consultant > World Bank

Designing branding & directing the implementation for various projects


2018-2021 Art Director > LensCulture

Designing exhibitions, branding, social media assets and websites for various awards


2017 Design & Event Consultant > Photography Studies College

Directed the branding & implementation of the new identity across multiple platforms and events.

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Bill Bachman


Bill Bachman was born in the United States in 1952 and has lived in Australia since 1973. A freelance writer and photographer, he has contributed articles and photographs to a wide variety of publications for more than 40 years.

His work covers many genres, including documentary, nature, people, sport and the entertainment industry. He has photographed five Winter Olympic Games and has had extensive experience in the film and television industries as a stills photographer. His photographs have featured in a number of books and travel guides worldwide. He is represented by several major photographic libraries since 1980.

He is one of Australian Geographic magazine’s longest-serving freelance contributors, having photographed more than 30 major features between 1986 and 2016. He was named Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year in 1995.

He is the author of Off the Road Again (1989), a photographic diary of his outback travels; Animal Vegetable Mineral (1996), a collection of abstract landscapes and nature close-ups; Special Delivery: Aussie mailboxes & other roadside attractions (2000); and The Murray River (2000). His international bestseller Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia (1994–2003, various editions) was published in four countries, with more than 70,000 copies in print.

His work has been widely exhibited and is held in numerous corporate and gallery collections and in the National Library of Australia.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the Australian National University. From 2010 to 2016 he was a senior lecturer at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, and coordinator of the Advanced Diploma Photojournalism Major from 2013 to 2016.

He is a member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and (was) a life member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). He has judged numerous photographic competitions and awards over the past 20 years and was a member of the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards Committee from 2016-2021, during which time he was national coordinator of the AIPP Judge Development and Training program.






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