SunStudios, which is backed by Canon Australia, has announced 40 finalists for the 2021 SunStudios Emerging Photographer Award (SEPA).

Finalist in the Photo Places category: ‘Pantone Steps’ taken by Mark Forbes. (© Mark Forbes.)

The finalists have been chosen from more than 1,600 submissions received from across Australia, using a blind judging process.  The strongest photography and videography entries have been named across two categories: Faces and Places. Now in its 12th year, SEPA aims to break down the barriers image makers face in establishing a career by offering an opportunity to have work evaluated by industry leaders. This year the competition offered a videography category for the first time with a specialist panel of both video and photo judges, made up of a diverse mix of experts. The free-to-enter award offers a generous and flexible total prize pool of $25,000 in value to four main category and two people’s choice winners.

All finalists’ work will feature in a SunStudios online exhibition starting on 13 October, 2021 when the four main category winners will be announced at 12 pm (EST). Community voting will also kick off on this day for the competition’s inaugural People’s Choice awards, with voting closing on 9 November, 2021 and winners for this category to be announced 11 November, 2021.

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