In May 2014, Arts Law rated the John Fries Award an outstanding 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. In particular, this competition agrees to pay finalists a copyright licensing fee to reproduce their works in the exhibition catalogue, online and for the purposes of promoting the award. It’s the only competition we’ve seen so far which does this and it sets a very high standard for other competition organisers to follow suit.
The official exhibition opening and winner announcement will be made on Tuesday 12 August 2014 and the exhibition runs until 6 September 2014 at the UNSW Galleries. For more details about the exhibition see http://www.viscopy.org.au/current-exhibition