Established in 1983, the biennial prize is the longest-running and, at $50,000, among the most lucrative, acquisitive photography prizes in Australia. More than 90 works have been acquired by MAMA since the award's inception, adding to and enriching the museum's superb collection of more than 1000 photographic works.

More than 100 works by 65 established and emerging photographers, which tackle the themes of Narrative, Object, Landscape, Portrait, Documentary and Construct will be on show, and available for purchase throughout the duration of the exhibition.

This year's exceptional field includes Rex Dupain, son of the iconic Australian photographer, Max Dupain, whose work was acquired through the prize 32 years ago as well as Sam Shmith, the grandson of celebrated portrait and fashion photographer, Athol Shmith. Work by 2016 finalists has also previously been acquired by MAMA through the National Photography Prize including Polixeni Papapetrou, Petrina Hicks and Bronek Kozka.

View the 2016 finalists