APS’ Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022: Winners Announced

The Australian Photographic Society (APS) has announced that Canberra-based photographer Sammy Hawker will be the winner of the 2022 Mullins Contemporary Photographic Prize (MACPP) for the work titled Mount Gulaga.

© Sammy Hawker – Mont Gulaga – Big winner – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

This year’s jury included Heide Romano, Alex Wisser and Bill Bachman.

Hawker’s work was selected as the overall winner from the competition’s largest number of entries to date. This year, 260 submissions were received from 134 different participants.

© Todd Kennedy - Exodus - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Todd Kennedy – Exodus – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

As the winner, Hawker takes home a cash prize of $15,000 and Mount Gulaga will form part of the permanent collection of contemporary post-war paintings, ceramics and photography at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre.

©Julie Williams - Moth - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
©Julie Williams – Moth – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

Hawker was not an APS member, but now received a free 12-month membership. APS memberships were granted to all finalists who were not APS members prior to entering the contest. Each finalist will also receive a hardcover photo book containing all finalist images.

© Claire Conroy - 35mm slide recovered from Lismore Floods - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Claire Conroy – 35mm slide recovered from Lismore Floods – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

The concept statement for Mount Gulaga bed:

“This work was captured on 4×5 film looking towards Mount Gulaga from the promontory of Lake Wallaga. I processed the negative with seawater collected from the site. When processing the film with water salty, the corrosive properties lift the silver emulsion and the representative image is rendered vague.”

“However, an essence of the site is introduced into the frame as the vibrant material paints its way onto the negative. A ghost of Gulaga looms behind the abstraction ~ felt rather than seen.”

© Richard Oborn - Back from the sea - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Richard Oborn – Back from the sea – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

The works of the 30 finalists are now on display at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre. The exhibition is open from today and will continue until August 27, 2022.

© Bianca Tainsh - Archive of Meaning - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Bianca Tainsh – Archive of Meaning – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Julie Sundberg - Transmutation - Finalist - Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022
© Julie Sundberg – Transmutation – Finalist – Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize 2022

The winning works and those of all other finalists, along with their associated concept briefs, can be found here.


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