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Bowness Photography Prize - announcement event

21 January 2021

The Trustees of the MGA Foundation and MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea warmly invite you to the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize announcement event.

Join us online on Thursday 21 January at 7.00pm as we announce the winner of the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize – who this year will receive $30,000 and their work will become part of MGA’s significant collection of Australian photographs. We will also announce the Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award of $5,000 and the three Colour Factory Honourable Mentions.

The judging panel this year is comprised of acclaimed artist Fiona Hall, NGA Senior Curator of Photography, Dr Shaune Lakin, and MGA Director, Anouska Phizacklea. 


Finalists: Klari Agar, Belinda Allen, Sam Amar, Riste Andrievski, Emma Armstrong-Porter, Zoe Arnott, Robert Ashton, Narelle Autio, Reza Bagheri, Kate Baker, Charlie Barker, Chris Barry, Chris Bekos, Madeline Bishop, Tom Blachford, Paul Blackmore, Chris Bond and Drew Pettifer, Jesse Boyd-Reid, Jane Brown, Karen Burgess, Jane Burton, Danica Chappell, Ali Choudhry, Peta Clancy, Michael Cook, Nici Cumpston, Matteo Dal Vera and Michael Weatherill, Tamara Dean, Karla Dickens, Stephen Dupont, Louise Faulkner, Jacqueline Felstead, Anne Ferran, Ash Garwood, Amos Gebhardt, Tom Goldner, John Gollings, Philip Gostelow, Helen Grace, Lee Grant, Janina Green, Helen Grogan, Ponch Hawkes, Leila Jeffreys, Shea Kirk, Shivanjani Lal, Kelvin Lau, Honey Long and Prue Stent, Fiona MacDonald, Alister McKeich, Izabela Pluta, Greg Semu, Damien Shen, Slippage, Valerie Sparks, Cyrus Tang, Christian Thompson, Louise Whelan, Amanda Williams, Anne Zahalka

> View the work of all finalists on our website here

In 2020 MGA celebrates its 30th anniversary and the Bowness Photography Prize marks its 15th year. Over the last 15 years, the 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. The prize continues to showcase excellence in photography. In response to COVIDÔÇÉ19 restrictions and the impact on the arts sector the MGA Foundation has made a number of alterations to the prize this year including live streaming the award announcements for all to enjoy and share in the celebration.

Join us to celebrate Australian photography!

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