During the next three months, Western Australian photographers are being offered the chance to have their work publicly exhibited and earn a share of valuable prizes.

Open to enthusiasts and professionals alike, the Western Australian Photographic Salon 2022 will culminate in a major display in Perth’s Central Park building in the second half of July.

The organisers of the Salon are Professional Photographers from WA and the current peak body for camera clubs, the WA Photographic Federation (WAPF).

The event is open to everyone, with more than $11,000 worth of prizes up for grabs from some of Perth’s major photographic suppliers.

“A special feature of the Photographic Salon is the opportunity for entrants to receive face-to-face feedback on their work by our team of experienced mentors,” says one of the organisers, WAPF President, John Taylor.  “On top of that, the best 100 pictures, as selected by a top panel of jurors, will be displayed in the exhibition.”

‘Salon’ derives from an Italian word first used by the French in the 17th century to describe an exhibition of artworks in which each piece must earn acceptance by an independent jury.

“We have a strong photographic community here in WA and the Salon is a way of sharing the passion,” says John.  “The educational component  –  delivering expert feedback to all entrants  –  is a rare and valuable part of this event.  Plus, the chance to have your print exhibited is an honour and thrill for many participants.  The Photographic Salon is also an epic occasion to celebrate prints, which we believe is the ultimate showcase for people’s best work.”

Photographs can be entered in five categories: people, places, mono, creative and open.

Entries open with initial online registration and payment from 24 May for a month, with a final submission of a maximum of five matted prints. The work then needs to be delivered in person at Perron Place in Victoria Park on 29 June to participate in the feedback sessions.  If you can’t attend in person, you can choose to post your entries or make use of a convenient drop-off location.

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