Entries are now open for the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, which is held biennially at the Tweed Regional Gallery.

The 2021 Olive Cotton Award Highly Commended – Rusty Crawshaw, The Dengs 2021, Pigment print 100cm x 150cm.

The competition is open to photographers resident in Australia, with both professional and emerging artists welcomed. Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said the prestigious acquisitive award is a much-loved part of the Gallery’s exhibition program and ensures the quality and relevance of the Tweed Regional Gallery’s collection of Australian portraits.

The major award of AU$20,000 is generously funded by the family of the late Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s leading 20th Century photographers.

The Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. sponsor additional acquisitions through the Directors’ Choice awards to the value of $4,000.

This year will see the People’s Choice Award doubled to $500.

The 2023 award judge is Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, an independent curator and critic renowned for his work with contemporary Australian artists and collections.

Visitors to the exhibition can cast their own vote in the People’s Choice Award for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibitor with the most votes will receive $500, donated by the Friends of the Gallery.

Entries for the Olive Cotton Award close at 5 pm on Sunday 30 April – click here for entry details.

Finalists will be announced on 29 May 2023 and winners announced on 15 July. The finalists’ exhibition will be on display from 14 July to 24 September 2023.