Nominations are closing soon for the 2022 Bettison & James Award!

Nominations are closing soon for the 2022 Bettison & James Award!

Administered by the Adelaide Film Festival, the Bettison & James Award recognises outstanding Australians. The annual award provides $50,000 to an Australian individual in recognition of their exemplary and inspiring lifelong body of work.

Commencing in 2015 the annual award was established in recognition that many Australians have contributed an exemplary and inspiring lifelong body of work of high achievement and community benefit. Should a recipient of the award choose to continue their work, or to record or disseminate aspects of their work, the benefits for both the individual concerned and for the wider Australian community would be correspondingly extended.

The Bettison & James Award is administered by the Adelaide Film Festival for the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation. Presented by the Foundation on an annual basis, the Award provides the beneficiary with the possibility for extending, recording or disseminating aspects of their lifelong work. The award recipient’s area of expertise may be in the arts and humanities, social justice, the environment, the sciences or any other area where benefit to the community results from their work.

The Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation was established to realise the vision of Dr Jim Bettison and Ms Helen James, who were committed to supporting a wide range of activity in the community through philanthropy and professional engagement. Jim co-founded Codan, a successful and award-winning Adelaide company, established the Developed Image Photographic Gallery and served as Deputy Chancellor at the University of Adelaide. Helen was an exhibiting studio artist. She served on various key arts committees and was a founding member of the National Library of Australia’s Foundation Board.AFF aims to garner innovative partnerships and to create opportunities for Australian key thinkers and practitioners. 

The Foundation’s Selection Committee for the Award reviews all submissions before making its final decision. A total of $50,000 is awarded each year to single or multiple recipients, based on eligibility and strength of application.

AFF administers the Bettison & James Award for the Bettison and James Foundation. Perpetual acts as trustee for the Foundation.

You may submit an online nomination or download a print friendly copy of the form and email it to Nominations are due by 5 pm March 28. Nominees must be Australian citizens or a permanent resident residing in Australia.

For more information and access to the online nomination, visit