Bowness Photography Prize - Entries now invited


This year the winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize will take home $30,000 in prize money – $5,000 more than previous years. And, for the first time in the history of the prize, Monash Gallery of Art will acquire the winning entry.

Art Opportunity previously on at MGA - Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 31 May 2017 to Wednesday 12 July 2017

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Established by the MGA Foundation in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the prize is open to any Australian photographer – established or emerging – and all genres of photography are eligible, as long as the work has been produced in the past year.

There are no thematic restrictions.

‘The prize money goes to one individual rather than being distributed through a range of different nominations and commendations, which often happens with prizes. It’s a sum of money that can actually make a significant difference to one artist’s working life,’ said Stephen Zagala, MGA Senior Curator and 2017 judge.

Judging panel

This year’s panel consists of Australian architect, art patron and academic Corbett Lyon, artist and educator Dr Susan Fereday, and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala. Read more about our judges below.


Entries open
31 May 2017 – (5pm) 12 July 2017

Finalists announced
28 August 2017

Exhibition dates
14 October – 26 November 2017

Opening and announcement
Thursday 19 October 2017