Thinking of entering the Bowness Photography Prize?

Art News from Australia. Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Wednesday 09 June 2021.

Thinking of entering the Bowness Photography Prize?  image

Here's three reasons why you should...

  1. Ca$h, prizes and exhibition*

The $30,000 awarded by the MGA Foundation to the winner recognises the importance of supporting practicing artists. Their work also enters MGA’s significant collection of Australian photographs. The Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award is voted by the public and the recipient receives $5,000 to sustain their practice.

MGA is also welcoming back Colour Factory as a supporter of the three Honourable Mentions selected by the judges. Colour Factory is a professional photographic studio in Melbourne offering fine art printing vouchers to the recipients.

All shortlisted works will be exhibited at MGA, the Australian home of photography, and a virtual exhibition will be made available to audiences globally.

Start your entry here

  1. Have your work seen by our exceptional judging panel*

The prize offers a unique opportunity to have your work viewed by top industry professionals. This year MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea will be joined on the judging panel by award winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Australia.

All entrants’ work will be considered by our esteemed judging panel – there is no pre-selection in this prize.

Learn more about the judges here

  1. Be recognised

The Bowness Photography Prize is one of the most respected art prizes in Australia. Be acknowledged for your contribution to photography and go down in history alongside great Australian artists such as Hoda Afshar, Pat Brassington, Petrina Hicks, Katrin Koenning, Jesse Marlow, Polixeni Papapetrou and Christian Thompson just to name a few.

If you’re still not convinced and need more inspiration, check out the 2020 finalists via our online gallery. Plus you can read all the artist statements for tips on writing your own.

View 2020 finalists and statements here

MGA and the Bowness Prize are an inspiration to our local community and to our country, offering a unique and singular opportunity for photography and photographers to take centre stage and be appreciated and acknowledged for their talent and their vision.

— Geoffrey Smith, MGA Foundation trustee, 2021

Entries close: 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 30 June 2021
Finalists announced: Thursday 29 July 2021
Exhibition dates: 9 September – 7 November 2021

Reminder that the closing entry date is final – no extensions so start your entry today!

If you have any questions regarding your entry or eligibility please contact for assistance.