This November, Melbourne will host the Independent Photography Festival, a celebration of independent photography, its application and practice.

The festival aims to reclaim photography for those hard-working, passionate, independent and progressive artists who live behind the lens, giving them a genuine opportunity for public recognition.

An initiative of the Hard Workers Club in conjunction with Smalltime Projects and The Good Copy, the IPF2013 program comprises a series of photographic exhibitions featuring Australian photographers, a Zine Kiosk outside QV, a Photo Book Market at Magic Johnston and the IPF Photo Prize, which claims to be the largest internationally open, prints-based photography competition and exhibition in Australia.

Now open for submissions, all entries must be of a photographic nature and will be reviewed by a panel of organisers, curators and judges, from which a selection will be used in the IPF2013 Photo Prize exhibit, held in Melbourne from November 2 to 10.

The images selected for exhibition will be open to the public to view and available for sale by auction, with all proceeds going directly to the artist.

There will be three competition prizes on offer including the Judge’s Panel 1st and 2nd place, as well as the People’s Choice Award, which will be decided upon by the general public and presented at the close of the festival.

The entry fee is $20 and all submissions must be received by the closing date of Monday October 14. For more information on the competition terms and conditions and how to enter, head to the IPF website or click here.