The Mullins Legacy (or Benefits from APS Membership)

My latest contribution to the Australian Photographic Society pages in Australian Photography magazine appears in the April 2020 issue under the title The Mullins Legacy. Here it is as published:


And here it is as submitted:

Benefits from APS Membership

Twelve months ago, I wrote a piece for this page about the then new Australian Conceptual Photography Prize (ACPP). It is happening again and has had a small, but significant, name change. It is now known as the Mullins Australian Conceptual Prize (MACPP). This is because a significant bequest bearing the Mullins name has now been directed into the Prize.

During 2009, Barbara Mullins provided the APS with a bequest in memory of her husband, the late Doug Mullins, President of the Society 1964-1966. This bequest was part of the proceeds from the sale of Mullins Gallery, the former headquarters of the South Australian Photographic Federation of which Doug was Patron.

Initially, the bequest was used to support the publication of two APS books of members’ work. In 2011 the first edition of APS Gallery was published. In 2012, when the APS celebrated its 50th anniversary, a second book was published. Since that time the balance of the bequest has grown considerably through interest earned.

Seeking to ensure the long-term future of the ACPP, last year the Society approached the Mullins family with a proposal that would satisfy the intent of honouring both Doug’s and Barbara’s significant contributions to the APS. There was much synergy in the proposal with the style of Doug’s exhibition photography in the Prize, and in Doug and Barbara’s generous support of the arts and the Art Gallery of SA.

In early December 2019, approval was received to apply the balance of the bequest funds to the Prize. The Society has, therefore, retitled the prize as the Mullins Australian Conceptual Photography prize (MACPP) and it will be a permanent reminder of Barbara and Doug Mullins.

So, by entering the MACPP you would, in effect, be paying a tribute to Doug and Barbara and all they did for photography during their lives. In addition, you might have your work selected as a finalist for exhibition at Magnet Gallery in Docklands, Melbourne. You might even win the major prize of $10,000 or another prize.

Even if you are not one of the entrants to make the short list, the challenge of entering competitions like this can inspire us and lead to significant improvements in our imagery. Thinking about what we want to say through our images and writing a 100 words description of our concepts all helps us to develop and advance with our photography.

You can still enter the 2020 MACPP. Please log onto the APS Website and follow the links to the Prize. Or go direct to the Prize competition portal at You’ll need to hurry though as entries close at 11 PM AEST on 1 May 2020.

The MACPP is just one of numerous things the APS offers to assist its members to create better images. There are other competitions, folios that allow members to share their work with other members and learn from each other, the opportunity to represent Australia in exhibitions such as the 2020 FIAP Nature Biennial, and the opportunity to create your own online image gallery. Members can also subscribe to magazines from Yaffa Publishing (such as this one) for discounted rates.

When the son becomes a father by Anne Pappalardo

When the son becomes a father – by Anne Pappalardo – a winner in the 2019 ACPP.


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