2022 People's Choice Award

Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award

The 2022 Bowness Photography Prize shortlist includes an exemplary line-up of contemporary Australian artists and traverses a range of landscape, architectural and portrait photographs. The works created over the last twelve months display a diverse snapshot of contemporary photographic practice in Australia today.

Smith & Singer (previously Sotheby’s Australia) became the proud sponsor of the People’s Choice Award in 2018. Smith & Singer is Australia's premium fine art dealership facilitating the purchase and sale of important historical, modern and contemporary Australian and international art. Their significant philanthropic support of the Bowness Photography Prize reflects the national and historic importance of this prize and the MGA Foundation is profoundly grateful. The Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award is voted by the public during the exhibition period with the recipient receiving $5,000 to support their practice.

Previous winners of the People's Choice Award are Ali Tahayori for his work ‘Sisterhood’ (2021), Zoe Arnott for her work ‘Max at 99’ (2020), Shoufay Derz's other-worldly landscape ‘Under erasure’ (2018) and Hoda Afshar for her ‘Portrait of Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island’ (2018).

The 2022 Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award winning work, ‘Read my lips’ (2022) by Andrea Francolini challenges the conventions of portrait photography while drawing attention to the mechanics of photographic production. The work claimed 14% of the vote making it a clear favourite. Thames & Hudson generously donated book prize packs to three lucky voters.

We warmly congratulate Andrea Francolini on receiving the Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award for the 2022 Bowness Photography Prize. ‘Read my lips’ is a striking image that is simultaneously engaging and perplexing, literally challenging the viewer to question preconceived notions of speech and the dissemination of information and ideas. Living in an age of anxiety, where ‘fake news’ has firmly entered our media landscape, ‘Reads my lips’ assumes a complex and startling presence that haunts the viewer in its meaning and technical virtuosity. We are proud to continue our support of the People’s Choice Award for the Bowness Photography Prize and its support of excellence and originality in Australian photography.’– Geoffrey Smith, Smith & Singer Chairman

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