Past Exhibitions

TOPshots! 2016-17

4 March 2017 to 13 April 2017

Over the past nine years MGA has celebrated the work of emerging photomedia artists with the annual TOPshots award and exhibition. TOPshots showcases artwork produced by students studying the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects of Art, Media and Studio Arts. Each of these subjects has a different focus within the broader course of arts education offered to Victorian secondary school students, making the TOPshots exhibition an exciting overview of different creative trajectories.

The artworks displayed in this exhibition offer little more than a glimpse of the year-long course of study each of these young artists has undertaken. It would be remiss not to mention the laborious nature of each of these subjects and the hours spent testing, refining and creating final folio pieces and documenting creative processes in visual diaries.

MGA is proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge the excellence of young photomedia artists in our community, and welcome our visitors to take inspiration from the creative potential that TOPshots 2017 represents.

2016-17 TOPshots finalists:

Klari AGAR Swinburne Senior Secondary College

Talia CRISANTE Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Beau CRUZ Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield Campus

Alessi D’ANDREA Melbourne Girls Grammar School

Rhiannon GAMBLE Norwood Secondary College

Lacey GILBERT Luther College

Emily JOYCE Methodist Ladies’ College

Amy LALANNE Monbulk College

Lexie McLEOD Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School

Gabriel MENZIES Vermont Secondary College

Audrey MICHAEL Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

Isabella MURRAY-GOOLD St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School

Maria NGUYEN Our Lady of Mercy College

Sophie PEASLEY Toorak College

Jessica PHILLIPS Kingswood College

Ain RAADIK Luther College

Anneliese RAFTIS Sacré Coeur

Renee RIOTTO Mater Christi College

Emily RODEN Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Ruby RYAN Methodist Ladies’ College

Joshua STARICK Monbulk College


Award winners:

Winner TOPshot award:

Beau Cruz

Winner Honourable Mentions:

Alessi D'Andrea

Amy Lalanne

Jessica Phillips

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Bowness Prize

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  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2008
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