Gallery Competitions

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

An initiative of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation, the award honours the philanthropy of Win Schubert AO (1937-2017) and her extraordinary generosity as a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity. It is now also the biggest award in photography for Queensland and second in Australia, acting as a touchstone for contemporary photographic practice nationwide.

The award is intentionally left open. It is not narrowed by theme and encourages entries from emerging as well as established photographers and artists. It’s an exciting platform for established and emerging Australian photographers to showcase their work.

‘JUWSPA is a great opportunity. It brings the best in contemporary photography to the Gold Coast, but more broadly to Queensland, where there are limited opportunities to see and exhibit photography.’ said Diana Warnes, Head of Curatorial Projects, Gallery at HOTA.

The award was first introduced in 2002. Over the years, the photographic works in the collection have grown and now align with an exciting time in HOTA’s redevelopment.

‘Throughout the Award’s history, it has created a core collection of photography that we’ve had the ability to build and grow through other acquisitions and donations. With development well under way for our new gallery in 2021, our rich photography collection will feature prominently in the inaugural hang. Equally exciting is supporting an artist’s career, which is such a wonderful legacy for Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert,’ said Diana.

In 2015, the Arts Centre Gold Coast (now HOTA) gained administration of a one million dollar trust fund bestowed by Mrs Win Schubert AO (1937-2017). This generous benefactor support allows the Gallery at HOTA to continue to host the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for generations to come.

Gallery at HOTA has been able to support artists and has acquired more than 150 works for the city collection thanks to the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.

Diana Warnes, Head of Curatorial Projects said the Award gives the winner and finalists an unparalleled opportunity for gallery and industry exposure.

‘Awards like the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provide photographers of all levels the opportunity to experience the possibilities of contemporary photography and showcase their work to the masses,’ she said.

‘It plays a significant role in enhancing the profile of emerging and established artists on a national level, and we’re so fortunate to be able to promote this within our community as the Gold Coast’s budding arts and culture scene blooms.’