Hospital site operations manager Matthew Noone said he was excited to be able to showcase local talent and also increase the hospital's permanent art and photographic collection.
The work of the 20 finalists across both categories will become the hospital's property, allowing them to be exhibited permanently and shared with the community.
Cash prizes – the result of a one-off health and the arts budget supplement – are on offer in both categories. In each category, there are first, second and third prizes of $1250, $500 and $250 respectively; and a People's Choice prize of $1000 will be given to the entrant with the most popular work.
Entries close on September 22, with the work of the 20 finalists being shown in the hospital in the following weeks. Winners will be announced in November.
Mr Noone urged local artists and photographers to enter their works, which must be framed or otherwise ready to hang. Entries must be a minimum of 500mm x 500mm and a maximum of 900mm x 900mm, including the frame.
Full details and an entry form are available on the Northern Sydney Local Health District website at www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/newsevents/Pages/Ryde-Hospital-Community-and-Staff-Art-and-Photographic-Competition-2017.aspx
"The goal of our new art and photographic competition is to establish a collection of high-quality framed art works and photographs for permanent display in the hospital," Mr Noone said.
"Art works help humanise the hospital environment and offer a calming and positive distraction for patients and visitors who might be feeling stressed or uneasy.
"We have had amazing feedback about the blue gum images and it will be wonderful to tap into local talent to expand our artworks throughout the hospital.
"We know patients, visitors and staff appreciate beautiful art works as they make their way through the corridors of the hospital, or wait for appointments."