Bowness Photography Prize

The MGA Foundation are now calling for entries for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

This year marks the 13th Bowness Photography Prize. The prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian photographers with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia's leading public galleries. Last year saw two exciting developments with the prize becoming acquisitive and the cash prize awarded to the winner increased to $30,000 to ensure that the prize continues to provide a significant boost to an artist's career.

We are excited to announce that the judges for this year include Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Anouska Phizacklea, Director, Monash Gallery of Art and artist David Rosetzky.

The Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation, established to promote excellence in Australian photography, the prize provides a platform for artists at all stages of their career. There are no thematic restrictions and all forms of photographic practice are invited. Previous finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers, including Pat Brassington (2013), Joseph McGlennon (2015) and Polixeni Papapetrou (2017).


Entries open
Wednesday 30 May – 11 July 2018

Finalists announced
Friday 10 August 2018

Exhibition dates
29 September – 18 November 2018

Winner announcement
Thursday 11 October 2018



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Specifications and FAQs

Entry specifications . The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is administered by Monash Gallery of Art on behalf of the Trustees of the MGA Foundation. Eligibility  Entries for the Bowness Photography Prize will be considered from still photo-based media including analogue and digital photography. There are no entry size restrictions, however the final framed size must be specified on the entry form and the judges will select works for the final exhibition based on the exhi...

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Judging panel

Each year a panel of three judges consider hundreds of entries and curates an exhibition of finalists before settling upon a single winner. The MGA Foundation is pleased to introduce the 2018 juding panel which includes Director of the Art Gallery of NSW Dr Michael Brand, MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea and Melbourne-based artist David Rosetzky. Dr Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of ...

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Click here to access the 2018 Bowness Photography Prize entry form   

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