Past Exhibitions

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

14 October 2017 to 26 November 2017

Established by the MGA Foundation in 2006 to promote excellence in photography. The Bowness Photography Prize is open to any Australian photographer, whether amateur or professional, and all genres of photography are eligible, provided that the work has been produced in the last 12 months.

Each year a panel of three judges consider hundreds of entries and curates an exhibition of finalists before settling upon a single winner. This year’s panel consists of Australian architect, art patron and academic Corbett Lyon, artist and educator Dr Susan Fereday, and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala.

While the $30 000 cash prize is highly coveted, the exhibition of finalists also highlights some of the most interesting work being created by photographers today. In this respect, the Bowness Photography Prize has become an important annual survey of contemporary photography in Australia.

On behalf of the MGA Foundation and the judging panel – architect, art patron and academic Corbett Lyon, artist and educator Dr Susan Fereday and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala – MGA is thrilled to announce the 2017 finalists:

Hoda Afshar, Tim Allen, Rushdi Anwar, Kris Arnold, Robert Ashton, Peter Barnes, Del Kathryn Barton, Colin Batrouney, Elaine Batton, Olga Bennett, Vanessa Bertagnole, Tom Blachford, Polly Borland, Peter Bratuskins, Eric Bridgeman, Jane Burton, Elaine Campaner, Stuart Chape, Danica Chappell, Peta Clancy, Emilio Cresciani, Gerwyn Davies, Lauren Dunn, Tanya Maria Dyhin, Amos Gebhardt, Silvi Glattauer, Robert Hague, Rhett Hammerton, Alana Holmberg, Eliza Hutchison, Leah King-Smith, Peter Lambropoulos, Helga Leunig nee' Salwerowicz, Jon Lewis, Janelle Low, Tayla Martin, Kent Morris, Nasim Nasr, Will Nolan, Jill Orr and Christina Simons, Polixeni Papapetrou, Izabela Pluta, Jenny Pollak, Clare Rae, Kate Robertson, David Rosetzky, Jo Scicluna, Damien Shen, Matthew Sleeth, David Stephenson and Martin Walch, Suellen Symons, Christian Thompson, Tobias Titz, James Tylor, Henri van Noordenburg, Justine Varga, Lisa Walker, Amanda Williams, Robin Williams.

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Current Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: The history of the built world

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand

Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • On the fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body | At Monash Civic Centre
  • Tracey Moffatt - selected works | At Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
  • PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s
  • The Rennie Ellis Show
  • Australian exotica
  • Wesley Stacey
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Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009
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