This is Wollongong in all its grime and glory

Illawarra photographers have captured Wollongong's coast and its less glorified back streets for an exhibition opening in the city tonight.

Curator Nina Kourea said the exhibition, called 2500, was to celebrate the postcode from multiple views, drawing in different forms of photography, from iPhoneography to professional quality shots.

"There is a beautiful side [to Wollongong] but there is also an ugly side - the exhibition spans both," said Ms Kourea, co-director of Wollongong's Studio 19.

Steely Glow, Joy Augustyn’s entry in the 2500 photography exhibition.

Steely Glow, Joy Augustyn’s entry in the 2500 photography exhibition.

Pic shows "Splish Splash" by Brad Chilby, part of the 2500 photography exhibition. 

Pic shows "Splish Splash" by Brad Chilby, part of the 2500 photography exhibition. 

Fiona McLauchlan's 'Underneath the little lighthouse'

Fiona McLauchlan's 'Underneath the little lighthouse'

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The exhibition includes work by Brett Randall, Fiona McLauchlan, Joy Augustyn, Jedda Lemmon, Jem Lewandowski-Porter, Sheryl Wiffen, Sven Lindroos, Justin Beverstock, Morgan Lewis, Louise Brand, Shayle Graham, Rose Mastroianni, Gavin Moores, Cody Spencer, Karen Hook, Wil Patino and Brad Chilby.

The exhibition opens at Studio 19 tonight from 6pm-9pm and continues until March 16.