Published in Alpine Observer, May 18th, 2016. Written by Brad Worrall. Photograph by Jules Boag.

MT Beauty photographer Kylie Esler says she is already a winner after being selected for the National Photography Prize.

Established in 1983, the biennial prize is the longest-running and, at $50,000, among the most lucrative, acquisitive photography prizes in Australia.

More than 100 works by 65 established and emerging photographers will be showcased in the 2016 exhibition opening on Saturday at the Murray Art Museum Albury.

This year’s exceptional field includes Rex Dupain, son of the iconic Australian photographer, Max Dupain, whose work was acquired through the prize 32 years ago, as well as Sam Shmith, the grandson of celebrated portrait and fashion photographer, Athol Shmith.

Esler says she is honoured to be a finalist.