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The Graham Burstow Monochrome Prize was established in 2023 in honour of Graham Burstow OAM SAPS PSQA FFRPS FAPS EFIAP  who was one of the founding members of the Australian Photographic Society and since that time, he contributed enormously to the Society and its members. He was involved in the establishment of APS national and international exhibitions. Graham was the APS President from 1982 to 1984 and was the APS Print Division chairman for ten years.

Graham passed away at the age of 96 years in 2022, and was legendary in the photography world, having been recognised by an Order of Australia medal in 2004 for his services to Photography. The first Queenslander to do so, he achieved a Fellowship in each of the Australian, British, and American Photographic Societies.

Grahams’ captivating photographs are held in many institutions around Australia, including the National Library in Canberra and HOTA on the Gold Coast, and show his great passion for social documentary especially in monochrome.


 Entries Open  15 June 2023
 Entries Close  30 July 2023
 Judging Commences  31 July 2023
 Results Emailed  30 August 2023
 Catalogue & Awards Sent 30 August 2023 


• Prize Money First - $500, Second - $250, Third - $100.
• Presented to the Honourable Mention placings (ribbon).
• At the discretion of the judges acceptances in each section that have not received a placing, may be awarded a Merit.
• VIRTUAL JUDGING will be used with judges in different locations within Australia.
• Acceptances gained in this exhibition may be applied towards APS honours.


Elizabeth Kodela EFIAP/b MAPS SAPS PSQA


Street Photography
Street photography is a non-formalised genre of photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other associated settings. Images can often be ironic or emotionally detached from subject matter, focusing instead on a particular context or detail. Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment.

Social Documentary
Story telling photographs such as are seen in the news media and periodicals, which may include documentary, contemporary life, illustrative, spot news or human interest. In the interest of credibility, contrived situations or photographic manipulations which alter the truth are not acceptable. The story telling value of the photograph shall be weighed more than the pictorial quality.

Image Format

• The filename must not have more than 36 characters including spaces. Do not include any other information in the filename or on the image.
• The maximum horizontal dimension is 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension is 1080 pixels for each image.
• Each image file must be MONOCHROME, JPG-format and a maximum of 2mb in file size.
• IMAGES should be EITHER 1920 pixels wide (horizontal), OR 1080 pixels high (vertical), OR 1080 pixels high and wide (square), depending upon orientation.

IMAGE TITLES -  Each image must have a unique title. Images without a title will not be judged.  Images must not include “.jpg” or “.jpeg” in the main title. Examples:

✅  “titlexxxx.jpg” is acceptable
❌  “titlexxxjpg.jpg” is not acceptable
❌  “titlexxx.jpg.jpg” is not acceptable

• Words such as “untitled” or “no title” are not acceptable as part of or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames or titles consisting of only numbers.
• Punctuation and numerical characters are not allowed in the file name. Maximum border allowed is 1 (one) pixel.
• Titles must use the English alphabet and can contain no more than 90 characters (including spaces). Image titles may be in a foreign language, but the English alphabet must be used.
• The titles of digital images should be exactly as you want them to appear in the catalogue.
• No title or identification of the maker shall be visible anywhere on the face of an image or print mount. or in the exif data.

For judging purposes images will be displayed exactly as submitted and as such the image should be uploaded in the correct orientation. Organisers will not alter, resize or rotate images. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure uploaded images and accompanying data are correct. Images and their accompanying entry details which do not meet the entry criteria may be rejected for judging.


• Entries will be accepted from residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories and from APS member’s resident overseas.
• Unless otherwise specified, permission to reproduce entries in the catalogue for publicity and distribution purposes will be assumed but the author retains the copyright to their images.
• Each entrant will receive a report and details of acceptance or awards. The report and catalogue as forwarded will be available on the website in PDF format and the report details will be forwarded to the email address supplied on the entry form.
• A maximum of FOUR IMAGES may be submitted.
• An image accepted into any previous Graham Burstow Monochrome Prize may not be entered.
Monochrome Street Photography and Social Documentary images ONLY. Colour images entered will be withdrawn.
• All images must have been taken by the Entrant.
• Images must have a photographic origin and the entrant must hold the copyright for the images. Entries and entrant details can only be accepted electronically via the entry form on the website.
• Entries will only be accepted via the MyPhotoClub upload website.
• The organising committee reserve the right to call for the original digital image file if any doubt arises to the authenticity of any submitted photograph. Failure to acknowledge the committees request or submit the image may result in the disqualification of that entry.
• Images must be in Monochrome.
• By submitting images to this exhibition in digital form, I agree to accept without exception or objection the following terms:
◦ a. To ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry, including all relevant definitions, the exhibition organisers may ask me to provide originally captured images, with EXIF data intact, by a specified deadline. 
b. If I do not supply the requested image(s) in the specified time those images will be deemed to be in breach of the Conditions of Entry. 
c. Images that are submitted as requested may be investigated by any means determined appropriate by the exhibition organisers to establish if the image(s) comply with the conditions of entry. 
d. Images that are deemed by the exhibition organisers to breach the Conditions of Entry will be removed from the exhibition. Any acceptances or awards allocated to those images will become void. 
e. The exhibition organizers will provide APS with details of all breaches of the Conditions of Entry. APS retains the right to impose sanctions on entrants deemed to have repeatedly breached the Conditions of Entry of any APS Approved exhibition.


To enter, please GO TO UPLOAD SITE

Contact Information:

For any enquiries please contact:

Jeffrey Venning
Graham Burstow Monochrome Prize Co-ordinator Email Jeffrey >>