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Fri 25 Sep 2015, 10:00am
Sun 22 Nov 2015, 12:00pm

Where: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free


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Who will win Australia’s most coveted photography prize? Record entries and a first prize of $25,000 have attracted top artistic talent. The winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize will be announced on 1 October.

Open to established and emerging photographers alike, the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize is an exciting, fast-growing initiative of the MGA Foundation. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Prize and its 47 finalists include some of Australia’s most acclaimed photography talents.

With a $25,000 (non-acquisitive) first prize the competition is fierce. The Bowness Photography Prize winner will be announced on Thursday 1 October at a special cocktail party at MGA in Melbourne.

Also on the night the Colour Factory Honourable Mentions will acknowledge significant photographic expertise and talent in the finalists’ entries.

All the Bowness Photography Prize finalists will have their work presented at MGA in an exhibition that runs from Friday 25 September to Sunday 22 November 2015.

The Bowness Photography Prize judging panel includes renowned Australian artist Bill Henson, Bendigo Art Gallery Director Karen Quinlan and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala.

“This year the judging panel looked at over 2,600 images and chose a competitive field of finalists to represent the best of Australian photography today,” says Stephen Zagala.

“The sorting process provides a remarkable opportunity to engage with contemporary photography from across Australia, and the exhibition will allow audiences to see exactly what’s happening at the cutting edge of photographic practice.”

Once the exhibition has been installed, the panel will re-convene and choose the winner.
“It’s important that the judges assess tangible photographic prints as they are presented in a gallery space, rather than images on a screen,” says Zagala.

The annual non-acquisitive Bowness Photography Prize is one of the highest awards for photography in Australia, is one of the country's most open prizes for photography and film and digital works are accepted. Works in all forms and genres of photography are eligible to enter including art, street, fashion, architectural and documentary styles and there are no thematic restrictions.