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Judges of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, including well-known Filmmaker Fred Schepisi, have confirmed the 50 emerging and established photographers to secure a position as a finalist in Australia’s most sought after photography award, edging closer to winning the $25,000 prize to be announced in September this year.
Schepisi joins Professional Photographer John Gollings and MGA’s Director Kallie Blauhorn in determining the winner of the coveted award, following the review of works submitted across a diverse range of contemporary and traditional photographic genres including street, fashion, art, architectural and documentary styles.
“The diversity in both subject and technique in these photographs is fantastic,” said Schepisi on reviewing the submissions. “It is something to be truly encouraged.”
John Gollings continued, “It appears that with this year’s Bowness Prize entries comes a redefinition of photography. There are so many different techniques and approaches to creating images and as judges we feel that we have been inclusive of all these.”
“The Bowness Prize has always attracted an impressive variety of artists,” said Blauhorn. “With the review of this year’s entries, it is obvious that there are new themes being explored in contemporary photography which makes me excited to see what emerges in the coming months and years within this space.”
Established in 2006 by MGA Foundation to foster excellence in Australian photography, the Bowness Prize has become one of the highest awards for photography in Australia, attracting an escalating number of entrants each year.
The shortlist of 50 works are set to be exhibited from September this year, followed by the much anticipated announcement of the 2016 winner.
The Bowness Photography Prize Exhibition will be located at MGA in Melbourne. For more information, visit www.mga.org.au.
MELISSA BROWN WILLIAMS
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