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Entries are now open!

The Heysen Prize for Landscape - Acquisitive $15,000

 People’s Choice Prize - Non-acquisitive $1,000

The Hahndorf Academy Heysen Prize was established in 1997 to commemorate the life and work of the internationally renowned, artist, Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968).

Hans Heysen lived on a property nearby Hahndorf town and documented village life in drawings and watercolours. He had a deep connection with the natural landscape and is best known for his paintings of majestic Eucalypt (gum) trees surrounding his property as well as the vast landscapes of the Flinders Ranges in the mid-north of South Australia.

Heysen actively conserved the mature trees on the land surrounding his home and studio at Hahndorf and, through his art, drew attention to the natural beauty of the Australian landscape and significantly contributed to an awareness of the need to protect the natural environment.

The Hahndorf Academy Heysen Prize for Landscape invites artists to express their deep connection with – or concern for – the Australian landscape and environment. We wish to acknowledge that the word 'landscape' here includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.

This contemporary art prize is a biennial event celebrating emerging, mid-career and established artists and their connection to landscape and place.

The prize is open for 2D and 3D works.

A panel of judges with professional expertise in the arts will select works for exhibition and nominate a winning work at the Hahndorf Academy.


Deadline for entries                                            5pm Friday 24 August
Notification of finalists                                        Friday 7 September
Delivery of artworks from the finalists by      5pm Friday 21 September (MON-FRI ONLY)
Exhibition launch                                                 6pm Saturday 6 October
Exhibition dates                                                   6 October to 9 December
Collection of works                                            10 to 19 December (MON-FRI ONLY)


A maximum of 2 works can be submitted. This will require two separate entry forms and two separate payments.

Each work entered requires:
A separate Entry Form
Payment of $50
An Artist Statement of up to 150 words
One image of the work (saved in jpeg or tiff format)

Artist Statement
Describe your entry work outlining conceptual and technical meaning and the context of your practice.

One image per entry is permitted.
Images must be high resolution (300dpi) approximately A5 in size (148mm  x 210 mm).
Files must be saved in jpeg or tiff format.

Please ensure that the Entry Form is clearly and correctly completed with payment of $50 per work. 

CLOSING DATE  5PM FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018  Entries received after this date will not be accepted.


Phone 08 8388 7250
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To enter The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018 ONLINE

Please complete the following steps to enter:

Step 1   Read the information on this page carefully and read the Conditions of Entry
Step 2   Pay your Entry Fee
Step 3   Click on the Entry Form button below to fill out and submit your entry



To enter The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018 BY POST

If you are completing the form manually, please download the Entry From here and send via post

· Completed Entry Form for each work (maximum of 2)
Clearly labelled CD/DVD/USB identified with your name and title of your artwork(s)
One image of each work submitted – 300dpi /A5 / jpeg or tiff format
An Artist Statement of up to 150 words
Payment of $50 per entry work by cheque (or completed payment details on entry form)

Sponsors of The Heysen prize for Landscape 2018

Sandy's Memorial Trust

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 Hahndorf &amp; Districts&nbsp; Lions Club

Hahndorf & Districts  Lions Club

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Winner of the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016. Sera Waters

Highly Commended Alice Blanch

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Sera Waters 'Fritz and the Rose Garden' 2016


The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 encourages artists to express their deep connection with, or their deep concern for, the Australian landscape and environment. We wish to acknowledge that the word 'landscape' here includes all possible aspects of the natural, rural, and urban landscape.

The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 Acquisitive - $15,000: This prize will be awarded to the work judged best of the exhibition. This is an acquisitive prize with $15,000 prize money.

People's Choice Prize Non-acquisitive - $1,000: This prize is awarded to the work voted for by popular choice as the most appealing work during the exhibition.

Entries for the Heysen Prize for Landscape are now closed

The pre-selection for the the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016 has taken place, Judges Erica Green & Nici Cumpston have selected 51 works for the finalist exhibition. The winner of the arts prize will be announced on October 8th at our Heysen prize event. Congratulations to all the successful artists whose work has been selected for the finalist exhibition

Lucky Kngwarreye, Helen Sherriff, Elizabeth Doidge, Annette Vincent, Dana Kinter, Robyn Finlay, Hailey Lane, Georgina Agius, Anna Glynn, David Lawruk, Alison Mitchell, India Flint, Susan Bruce, Fleur Brett, Jeff Mincham, Matthew Symons, Mark Kimber, Liz Butler, Ed Douglas, Mike Barr, Paul Sloan, Rebecca Hartman-Kearns, James Walker, Alice Blanch, Louise Feneley, Thom Buchanan, Jenn Brazier, Sera Waters, Bradley Lay, Ken Orchard, James Dodd, Tim Thomson, Lee Salomone, Robyn Kinsela, Janet Ayliffe, Ursula Kiessling, Jarrad Martyn, Janine Mackintosh, Michael Hocking, Ron Rowe, Glen Ash, Peter Barrien, Christopher Boha, Peter Walker, Martin Rek, Sophie Calgari, Ron Gibbings-Johns, Llewelyn Ash, Cristina Metelli


Sponsors of The Heysen prize for Landscape 2016

  Hahndorf &amp; Districts Lions Club

Hahndorf & Districts Lions Club





2014 Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place

Receiving the $10,000 award was Adelaide photographer Che Chorley for his photograph Samudera Satu (pictured below), a dramatic and unique ocean scene shot at Petrel Cover, Victor Harbour, a costal area which forms part of the Heysen Trail.

Chorley finds great solace and photographic motivation within the remarkably varied coastline of South Australia particularly along the Fleurieu Peninsula where he also enjoys surfing. He is the first photographer to win the Heysen Prize and describes his photographs as modern, digital interpretations of traditionally tactile places. He says he took the photo in mid-winter on an otherwise unremarkable day. ‘It is a colour photograph yet monochromatic in nature and designed to blur the lines between a landscape and a seascape.’ Samudera Satuwhich can be anytime, anywhere yet never again, is part of a photographic series of 18 portraits of the South Australian seas entitled The Sea and Me which was shown recently in Chorley’s first solo exhibition at the Mill where he also has his studio. He says of his winning photograph ‘I aim to explore the sheer scale of the ocean, whilst embracing the minutia. It is a modern South Australian seascape with timeless and placeless elements’. Judge Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography and New Media, School of Art Architecture and Design, University of SA praised the originality of Chorley’s work, saying ‘Small waves rise like ruffled carpet out to sea or as dark undulating dunes rippling the horizon. This truly unique work where scale is lost and the macrocosm and microcosm drift in a strangely beguiling flux’.