$25k Bowness photography prize goes to Lee Grant

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Friday 24 September 2010.

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Canberra photographer Lee Grant has won this year's prestigious $25,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne.

Lee Grant’s family portrait Mary with her daughters Aja and Adau, and her granddaughter Nankir is a formal portrait of a Sudanese migrant family set in their home in Canberra.

Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA and one of the judges, said of Grant’s photograph: “This is such a sophisticated portrait. It seems a simple study of an African family in their living room. But then the picture starts to unwind: you start to note its extraordinary details and complex interplay of textures and patterning. So it is a commanding photograph. But the judges were equally taken by the way that in this picture, the particular becomes something much bigger. This is a portrait of a Sudanese woman and her three children now living in suburban Canberra; but it also a portrait of contemporary Australia.”

Works by Philip Quirk, Clare Rae and Darren Sylvester received Adobe Honourable Mentions.

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initative of the MGA Foundation. It has quickly become Australia’s most important photogaphy prize.

34 artists have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2010 prize. All 34 works will be on display in the exhibition .

Get involved by voting in the People’s Choice award, with $1000 going to the winning artist and four Crumpler Camera bags up for grabs for the voter.

More information on this year’s prize as well as it’s history is on the Bowness Prize page or through the links below.

Monash Gallery of Art on Artabase

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize on Artabase