2021 Info

Over the last 15 years, the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. Entries are now open and MGA invites artists to submit photographic work created over the last year – a year that we will all never forget, with the shortlisted works exhibited at the gallery in September. The winning work will be awarded $30,000 and will be acquired into MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs. The Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award will be voted by the public with the recipient receiving $5,000.


Entries open
Wednesday 12 May – 30 June 2021

Finalists announced
Thursday 29 July 2021

Exhibition dates
Thursday 9 September – Sunday 7 November 2021

Award announcement
Thursday 16 September 2021

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  • 2021 Judging panel
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