GALAH. Rural and Regional Photography Awards

UPDATE: We are very excited to announce the finalists of our inaugural 2021 awards 'A Portrait of the Bush'. To view the finalists, please visit the category pages here: 

Landscape category: 

Food & Produce category: 

Lifestyle category: 

Streetscape & Architecture category:

Portrait category:

The overall winner was announced at Hugh Stewart's Halls Lane Gallery during the finalists' exhibition from 8 December 2021. Congratulations to Indi Gambold for his work 'Corellas at Dawn' - winner of the Galah 2021 Rural and Regional Photography Awards.

Indi Gambold

Halls Lane Gallery Exhibition



Welcome to the GALAH Rural and Regional Photography Awards. The purpose of these awards is to support emerging and established photographers in rural and regional Australia.

The theme for our inaugural 2021 awards is 'A Portrait of the Bush.' We're encouraging broad and diverse interpretations of this theme (don't be limited by a literal interpretation of the word 'portrait').


To be eligible, entrants must live and work in rural or regional Australia and the entry must have been taken in rural or regional Australia. For the purposes of these awards, ‘regional’ is defined as being areas outside of Australian capital cities.


There are five categories for the awards (see below) and entries are free. You may enter up to 5 photos, but you may choose only one category for each photo. For example, you could have 5 landscape entries, or 2 landscape entries and 3 portraits, but you can’t enter the same photo in both the landscape and portrait categories.

To enter, please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria and then click on the category links below and complete a form for each entry. Please note, each entry must be accompanied by a maximum of 300 words describing the photo and its location.


  1. Landscape.
  2. Streetscape and architecture.
  3. Portrait.
  4. Food and produce. 
  5. Lifestyle. 


Each of the categories will be judged by GALAH's Annabelle Hickson (Editor-in Chief) and Sarah Barrett (Managing Director and Picture Editor) and one external judge. The shortlist from each category will then be finalists for the overall ‘Portrait of the bush’ award. There will be one winner chosen from the finalists by the entire panel of judges.

Judging Panel

From Galah:

  • Annabelle Hickson and Sarah Barrett


  • Georgie Mann (Landscape category)
  • Pip Farquharson (Streetscape and architecture category)
  • Hugh Stewart (Portrait category)
  • Luisa Brimble (Food and produce category)
  • Kara Rosenlund and Clancy Paine (Lifestyle category)

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Interpretation of the theme
  • Technical excellence

Finalist entries will be exhibited at Hugh Stewart’s gallery, Halls Lane Gallery in Woollahra, Sydney in late 2021.  They may also be selected for a future GALAH book ‘A portrait of the bush.’ to be published in 2022.

When reviewing all entries, GALAH will also consider whether any entries may be suitable to be offered as prints on All profits from the sale of these prints will flow back to the photographer.

The Winner of the inaugural GALAH Rural and Regional Photography Awards will be promoted across all GALAH channels and will receive mentoring (online) by a judge of their choice.


Thurs, 16 September 2021- Awards open.

Mon, 18 October 2021 by 11:59pm AEDT - Submissions due.

18 October 2021 – 31 October 2021 – Judging.

Early November 2021 – Finalists and winners announced and exhibited.

Terms and Conditions 

An important note about copyright: by submitting your work for these awards, you will be taken to have licenced GALAH to use the works for the purposes of these awards, to promote the awards and your work. Finalists' work will be exhibited by GALAH at Halls Lane Gallery and may also be published in both print and digital form. The publication of works is at the sole discretion of GALAH. The photographer's name will always be attributed to the work. 

Judging will be done in accordance with the judging criteria specified above at the discretion of the judging panel.


Any queries should be directed to