2009 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

$20,000 non-acquisitive prize

$20,000 will be awarded for a single photographic work, as well as a $1,000 people's choice award. This highly anticipated competition has already received entries from across the nation.

Art Exhibition previously on at Monash Gallery of Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 07 July 2009 to Friday 07 August 2009

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Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Thursday 23 July 2009.
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Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA states: “The strong interest we’ve received already this year suggests the prize has become an established event in the cultural calendar.” The Bowness Photography Prize attracts a range of work from photographers across the country. There are no thematic restrictions and the competition is open to all analogue and digital photography.

“It is interesting to see that entries this year are coming in from a broad cross section of photographers – ranging from documentary photographers to fashion and nature photographers, as well as strong representation from contemporary artists. It shows the broad appeal the prize across the country,” stated Dr Lakin.

This year the judging panel comprises:

Helen Ennis is Australia’s most important and widely known curator and historian of photography. Helen is currently Senior Lecturer in Art Theory and Associate Head, Undergraduate, at the Australian National University School of Art, and a freelance curator.

Anne Ferran is one of Australia’s leading contemporary photographers, whose work is part of the MGA collection. Anne has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since the 1980s, and is highly regarded as an artist, academic and writer. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Photomedia at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA. Shaune is one of Australia’s leading photographic curators and scholars. Shaune has significant experience with two of the country’s most important cultural institutions: formerly as Senior Curator of Photographs at the Australian War Memorial and Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia.

The annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The MGA Foundation seeks to attract a range of support with the aim of expanding and enriching the MGA permanent collection.

Entry forms are available from www.mga.org.au