Winner of the 2021 Desart Photography Prize Tanya Singer, 2021 Maruku Arts & Crafts

Desart Photography Prize 2021

Desart Photography Prize 2011 – 2021:

Sharing stories; building digital skills.

This year we celebrate 10 years of the Desart Photography Prize!

Established in 2011 out of the broader Aboriginal Art Worker Program, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience an insight into artists’ lives, their stories and communities in all their diversity.

Each year the exhibition presents new works from across the Desart membership, created by established and emerging artists and art workers inspired by special projects, cultural events, political views, community life, country and family, while supporting the development of technical skills and experimentation of new media.

This survey of photography from across the regions presents thought-provoking, ambitious and innovative works created through deep reflection on cultural knowledge and connections.


A total of 109 artists’ work has been selected for exhibition from 26 member art centres.

In the 10 years images of the Prize have been exhibited at the following galleries and art spaces;

  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
  • Incheon Arts Platform, South Korea
  • Darwin Aboriginal Arts Fair, Darwin
  • The Residency, Alice Springs.

The Desart Photography Prize is supported by Australia Council, IVAIS, NT Government and Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.