A giant display of prize-winning photographs called Pictures at the Exhibition will feature at Darling Harbour, June 26 – 28.


May 26, 2009: A giant display of prize-winning photographs called Pictures at the Exhibition will feature at Darling Harbour, June 26 – 28.

[Right: Camellia, Samantha Everton]

The special display is Australia’s largest annual exhibition of photography and the largest regularly held in the Southern Hemisphere. In all their will be more than 1200 images on 350 linear metres of display space.

According to gallery curator Keith Shipton, “The display will add an inspirational dimension to the internationally attended equipment and photo materials show.”


Nikon Walkley Awards: Steven William Siewert, “Waiting for Wanda Jackson; Robyn” (Photo Essay/Portrait)

The annual PMA Show photo exhibition is unusual because of its scale and because it uniquely brings together the various picture-taking “families” within the Australian photographic community. It showcases the full spectrum of photographic endeavour – from students keen to make their mark in the worlds of professional and fine art photography; through to the extremely enthusiastic and active Australian camera club movement of dedicated amateurs; the cream of Australian professional photography; and the best of the best in international and Australian press photography.

Pictures at the Exhibition will feature a selection of work from one of the world’s most distinguished astro-photographers, David Malin, representing 50 year’s work in scientific imaging. Malin worked for 26 years at the Anglo-Australian Observatory as photographic scientist and astronomer. He invented new ways of revealing information on astronomical plates, a specialty which has given him an international reputation.
Contrasting with Malin’s scientific photography is a selection of large format work from “magic realist” photographer, Samantha Everton. Everton imagines and then constructs beautiful but unsettling dream-like tableaux, then photographs them using film and a bare minimum of post-capture interference.

An innovation this year is the showcase of photography by the staff of Australia’s leading retail chains, including Ted’s Cameras, Paxtons and Camera House. The employees’ work illustrates their passion for photography – and the fact they know what they are talking about across the counter!

Other highlights of the show this year include the Canon sponsored World Press Photo winners and Australia’s own press photographers’ Nikon-Walkley Awards.

Professional photographers will be represented in the form of the Canon AIPP APPA Travelling Collection. In real time during the exhibition this display changes in front of the viewers’ eyes, as the 2008 winning images are replaced by the outstanding 2009 images following the “live” judging which is open to the public.

Also on show is work from the Australian Commercial and Magazine Photographers latest collection featuring iconic, large-format images from top names in Australian professional photography.

The major photographic teaching institutions in New South Wales enthusiastically take up the opportunity to showcase students’ work, with the students display panels which are often the most popular and sometimes challenging hangings at the show.

There will also be a showing of over 100 images comprising the international Photographic Imaging Education Association (PIEA) touring exhibition – photographs from students and teachers from around the world.

The NSW Federation of Camera Clubs and the Australian Photographic Society have joined forces to present some of the extraordinarily high quality work currently being produced by camera clubs around NSW.

While there will be well over 100 prints in the camera club display, there will be many hundreds more on display on an array of digital photo frames. Concluding the display are two separate travelling exhibitions sent as a cultural exchange with Chinese camera clubs.

Attendance is free if pre-registered or with a free pass supplied by your photo retailer. The PMA Australia 2009 Imaging Technology Show and the Framing Show will be held 26th to 28th June at the Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour. Full PMA Conference Program details and registration can be found at www.pmaaustralia.com.au