Past Exhibitions

  • Bowness Photography Prize celebrates 15 years

Bowness Photography Prize celebrates 15 years

18 February 2021 to 6 March 2021

14–16 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

In 2020 the Bowness Photography Prize marks its 15th year. To celebrate MGA has partnered with Smith & Singer to showcase the previous 15 recipients during the international photography festival Photo 2021 at their Collins Street premises.

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, across all photographic media and genres by both established and emerging artists, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia's leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist’s career.

Smith & Singer’s support of the Bowness Photography Prize is a reflection of the national and historic importance of this prize and the MGA Foundation is profoundly grateful to partner with such an esteemed organisation.

The annual Bowness Photography Prize reveals artists’ continued fascination with exploring and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, embracing its capacity to explore a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea

Bowness Photography Prize artists

2006 | Kathy MACKEY
2007 | Ray COOK
2008 | Nat THOMAS & Concertina INSERRA
2009 | Paul KNIGHT
2010 | Lee GRANT
2011 | Jacky REDGATE
2012 | Jesse MARLOW
2014 | Petrina HICKS
2015 | Joseph McGLENNON
2016 | Valerie SPARKS
2017 | Polixeni PAPAPETROU
2018 | Hoda AFSHAR
2019 | Katrin KOENNING
2020 | Christian THOMPSON

Presented as part of PHOTO 2021 International Photography Festival

Current Exhibitions

  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • When the sun sleeps
Clare Jellie
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
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