Olive Cotton Award

Medium / category: Photography

Eligibility: Australian photographic artists

Associated institution: Tweed Regional Gallery

The Olive Cotton Award is a $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture. The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is an opportunity for established and emerging photographers. The Olive Cotton Award was launched in 2005, and is funded by Olive Cotton’s family and dedicated to her memory as one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers. The award boasts a major acquisitive biennial prize of $20,000, selected by the Award judge. In addition, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. fund $4000 for the acquisition of portraits from the exhibition entries to be chosen by the Gallery Director. Visitors to the exhibition may also vote for their ‘people’s choice’, which awards $500 to the most popular finalist.

Notable Previous Winners


  • D-Mo, Vice Versa, 2021

Winner: Olive Cotton Award

The Different Award Categories

The award categories include the $20,000 acquisitive prize, the $4,000 director’s choice and the $500 People’s Choice award, which is announced at the end of the exhibition.

Information up to date from June 14 2023