17th Biennale of Sydney
  • Daniel Crooks, Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement), 2009–10 Detail of HD video (RED transferred to Blu-ray), dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Copyright © Daniel Crooks 2009
  • Kutlug Ataman, Mesopotamian Dramaturgies / Journey to the Moon, 2009 (detail), still photography, 31 x 41 cm. Courtesy of Francesca Minini, Milan and the artist
  • Lara Baladi, Perfumes & Bazaar, The Garden of Allah, 2006 (detail), digital collage, 560 x 248 cm, technical production and printing, Factum Arte, Madrid. Courtesy the artist. Copyright Lara Baladi
  • Kataryzana Kozyra, Summertale, 2008 (detail), DVD production still, 20 mins, prod. Zacheta National Gallery of Art Copyright artist, courtesy ZAK I BRANICKA Gallery. Photograph: M. Olivia Soto
  • Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Manet’s Dejeuner sur I’herbe 1862 1863 and the Thai villagers group II, 2008-09 (detail), from ‘The Two Planets Series’, photograph and video, 110 x 100 cm; 16 mins. Courtesy the artist and 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok
  • Cai Guo-Qiang, Inopportune: Stage One, 2004 (detail), nine cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes, dimensions variable. Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006, installation view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2004. Courtesy Cai Studio. Photograph: Hiro Ihara
  • Kent Monkman, The Death of Adonis, 2009 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 304.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary
  • Christopher Pease, Law of Reflection, 2008–09 (detail), oil on canvas, 123 x 214 cm. Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Goddard de Fiddes, Contemporary Art, Perth. Photograph: Tony Nathan
  • AES+F, The Feast of Trimalchio, 2009 (detail of video still), nine-channel video installation, 19 mins. Courtesy the artists; Triumph Gallery, Moscow; and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
  • Tsang Kin-Wah, The First Seal – It Would Be Better If You Have Never Been Born…, 2009, digital video projection and sound installation, 6:41 mins, 513 x 513 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Wang Qingsong, Competition, 2004 (detail), c-print, 170 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artist
  • Mark Wallinger, Hymn, 1997 (detail of video still), video, sound, 4:52 mins, edition of 10 and 1 artist proof. Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Biennale Flickr Competition

Where did you see beauty at the Biennale this year? We’ve launched a Flickr competition and want to see what you’ve captured on your lense.

Enter your photos for a chance to win a cool Crumpler prize pack valued at $500. Conditions apply.

Check out some of the images on our Flickr group here to get you inspired. See below for details on how to enter and the full terms and conditions.



The 17th Biennale of Sydney, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age is presented by the Biennale of Sydney Limited
(ABN 74 001 614 384).

The 17th Biennale of Sydney (12 May – 1 August 2010), directed by David Elliott and titled THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, showcases new and recent works by Australian and international artists at Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, contemporary art spaces and heritage sites. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.bos17.com

The competition is open to anyone 18 years of age or older from any country and both professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to apply.

Biennale of Sydney staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the competition.

The Biennale of Sydney is asking entrants to respond to the following question:
What's beautiful to you in the 17th Biennale of Sydney?
Entries need to be of Biennale experiences at Cockatoo Island and Pier 2/3 or on the Biennale Free Ferry.


  • Entries can be in colour or black and white; landscape or portrait orientation. Entrants are encouraged to be interpretative and creative in their approach
  • Limit of five (5) entries per person
  • Entry to the competition is free
  • Entries close at 5:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 3 September 2010. Late entries cannot be accepted

Entrants have the choice of entering via:

the Biennale of Sydney’s Flickr group ‘Biennale Flickr Competition’ at
Follow instructions as outlined on site. Note - short listed entrants may be required to provide a higher resolution of their photograph for final judging.


ii. email entry to:
with the subject header: ‘Biennale Flickr Competition Entry’
As attachments, 300 dpi

iii. post or deliver entry in person to Biennale Flickr Competition Entry
Biennale of Sydney Limited
43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

When mailing in or delivering in person entrants will need to complete an entry form, provide an A4 print, plus a digital file at 300 DPI on CD

Judging will be based on:

  • composition
  • content
  • creativity

The judging panel will comprise:

  • Artistic Director, 17th Biennale of Sydney
  • Biennale Chief Executive Officer
  • Biennale staff members
  • Decisions of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Information about the judges will be updated on the Museum’s website once the panel has been confirmed


First prize, valued at $500 

  • 17th Biennale of Sydney catalogue, signed by David Elliott
  • Crumpler photo pack, including: 
    • 1 x sinking barge (photo back pack), RRP $385
    • a photo camera strap RRP $40
    • a chumpy wallet $35  

Highly commended prize, valued at $185  

  • 1 x 7 million dollar home (photo bag), RRP $185

Key dates:

  • Closing date and time – 5:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 3 September 2010
  • Announcement of winner and runner up prizes will be via the Biennale’s e-newsletter, October issue  

Terms and conditions

  • Photographs must be of a Biennale experience at Cockatoo Island, Pier 2/3 or on the Biennale Free Ferry.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the dates of the Biennale, 12 May – 1 August, 2010.
  • Photographs that have won any prizes in any other competitions are not eligible.
  • Up to five photos (the first five received) per person can be entered.
  • By entering the competition the entrant grants the Biennale of Sydney, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use, reproduce, communicate to the public (via the Biennale’s website and third parties’ websites) the images for non-commercial, educational and promotional purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit.
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions, including releases from people or models that appear in their photograph.
  • Entrants will not be paid for their work.
  • When e-mailing or posting entries, entry forms are to include the entrant’s name and address, email address or telephone number, category, a brief title relevant to the image that assists in its identification, when and where the photograph was taken, what inspired you to take the image (up to 50 words), acknowledgement that entrant is 18 years of age or over and acknowledgement that any permissions and releases of people appearing in the photograph have been obtained.
  • No responsibility is assumed for lost or late entries or corrupted digital files.
  • All images are sent or transmitted at the photographer’s own risk, although care will be taken by the Biennale of Sydney. The entrant releases the Biennale from liability for any damage to, or loss of, submitted material.
  • If an entry doesn’t comply with the terms and conditions it will not be considered.
  • Entrant’s A4 print and digital file of the image on CD will not be returned.
  • Queries about the competition can be emailed through to marketing@biennaleofsydney.com.au

Winners and highly commended photographs

  • The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winners understand that they may be approached to be interviewed by media, as part of the publicity campaign during the exhibition and following its close date.
  • Entrants will cover the costs of packing, certified or registered postage and insurance of their entries to the Biennale.
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