MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize

Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize is a biennial acquisitive awards and exhibition, showcasing the best in contemporary Australian photography.

Gael Newton and Helen Ennis advised on the establishment of the award and selected the body of work to be shown that year. Amongst the first works purchased were prints by Max Dupain, Mark Strizic, Richard Woldendorp and Philip Quirk. 

Since 1999 the MAMA Art Foundation has sponsored the Award, providing artists with an avenue to exhibit their work and the opportunity to enter into an ever-growing collection of contemporary Australian photography.

To celebrate the growing interest in photography, MAMA through the MAMA Art Foundation now offers a major acquisitive cash prize pool of $50,000 which includes the $3,000 John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for an emerging artist.