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Calling all Antarctic photographers

APPLICATIONS for the Australian Antarctic Festival’s 2018 photography competition are now open.

The inaugural competition in 2016 was labelled a success, with 24 finalists selected from a field of more than 80 international entries.

Event director Paul Cullen said the photographs taken in the 2016 event were “simply spectacular.”

He said taking part in the exhibition was “a brilliant opportunity to advance your passion for fine photography and look back on your experience down south.”

“The quality of images, both amateur and professional, were outstanding and I expect the judging panel to have a difficult time choosing the finalists,” he said.

Images entered into the 2018 competition must have been captured in the past three years (taken after 29 June 2015) and can only be submitted by the photographer.

The geographical area is restricted to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean south of 50 degrees south latitude.

Photographers retain copyright at all times and entries close on 29 June 2018 (entry fees apply).

The competition will feature a $5000 first prize, $2000 second prize and a major exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

A panel of qualified judges will select from the field to find a maximum of 30 finalists, who will be notified in July 2018.

The images will be professionally printed and mounted in Hobart for an exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, opening in August for a three-week show.

Public admission to the exhibition is free.

A ‘People’s Choice Award’ of $500 is determined by votes submitted at the exhibition.

In addition to the international photography competition, the Australian Antarctic Festival will include open days at Mawson’s Hut Replica, the CSIRO and IMAS, lectures and exhibitions, ship and aircraft tours.

There will also be a schools’ program, which will bring Tasmanian school children to Hobart to visit the Australian ice-breaker ‘Aurora Australis’ and CSIRO’s ‘RV Investigator’.

The festival runs for four days from 2 to 5 August 2018.

A full program will soon be made available on www.antarcticfestival.com.au

Caption: ‘Baby Elephant Seal’ Thomas Burns.