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How to Enter

Entries are now open for the 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize.

The 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize is open to current and former service personnel in the Australian Defence Force. The prize encourages artistic excellence, promotes the transformative power of creativity, and raises awareness of the experiences and talent of service personnel.

Entries opened on Friday 8 September 2023 and close 11.59 pm Sunday 28 January 2024.

Napier Waller Art Prize 2024
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The Memorial invites entries in all visual art mediums, including (but not limited to) painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, digital, decorative, and installation. The work must not exceed 2 x 2 x 2 metres and must have been completed in the 24 months prior to submission. There is no theme for the award, and entries do not have to address military or service topics. Entries using diverse artistic media and original concepts are encouraged.

Entrants can download a resources list, below, that explains how to measure, photograph, and document their work.


The winner of the 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize will be announced at the launch of the exhibition of Highly Commended works and will receive:

  • $15,000 cash prize 

The winning artwork will also enter the National Collection.

Highly Commended

Highly commended works will be displayed at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra. A winning artwork will be chosen by a panel of judges.


Shortlisted and Highly Commended works are displayed on the Australian War Memorial’s website for the general public to vote for the People’s Choice award, the winner of which will receive $5,000. The winner of the People’s Choice vote will be announced after the close of the exhibition.

Key dates 

Entries open on Friday 8 September 2023 and close midnight Sunday 28 January 2024. Only online entries will be accepted.

The winning entry will be announced at the launch of the exhibition of Highly Commended works in May 2024.

Highly commended works and the winning work will be exhibited at the Australian Parliament House from May to September 2024.

An online exhibition of shortlisted entries will be featured on the Memorial’s website from May 2024. All works featured in the online exhibition will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Online voting for the People’s Choice award will open with the launch of the online exhibition and close in September 2024.

Key dates yet to be confirmed.


For any enquires about the 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize, please email:


We appreciate all submissions to the Napier Waller Art Prize. If you or someone you know experiences personal difficulties with participation in this award, help is available at Defence HealthBeyond Blue, Open Arms or Lifeline.

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