Published by: Monash Gallery of Art | 10-May-2016
The William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize celebrates the best of contemporary Australian photography. There are no thematic restrictions; entries are open to all amateur, professional, street, documentary, art, fashion and architecture photographers. Entries close 5 pm Wednesday 1 June 2016.
The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize has firmly cemented itself as Australia's most sought-after photography award and MGA has officially opened entries for emerging and established artists to win the $25,000 prize.

Established in 2006 by MGA Foundation to foster excellence in Australian photography, the Bowness Photography Prize has become one of the highest awards for photography in Australia, attracting an escalating number of entrants each year.

MGA Director and 2016 judging panelist Kallie Blauhorn, said works of all photographic genres are eligible to enter, including street, fashion, art, architectural and documentary styles, working towards an inclusive platform that fosters both contemporary and traditional forms.

"The Bowness Photography Prize has always attracted an impressive variety of artists and an established panel of industry judges," said Blauhorn. "This year, our approach is to reward both professional photographers for their in depth understanding of the form as demonstrated through their work, as well as talented emerging artists to feature in the exhibit. To win is to become a member of the Bowness Photography Prize winner alumni, a significant and invaluable accomplishment for any level of talent."

Judged by a rotating panel of industry experts and MGA leaders, the Bowness Photography Prize this year has attracted filmmaker Fred Schepisi AO along with professional photographer John Gollings AM, who together with MGA's Blauhorn will determine the 2016 winner of this important and coveted award.

"As a panel we will select a shortlist of around 50 works to be exhibited, followed by much deliberation over the final winner, who will be announced in September this year," said Blauhorn.

Known for celebrating diversity and the evolution of photography, the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition delivers a fascinating array of photographic work in contemporary Australia and provides the winner and short-listed candidates with an unparalleled opportunity for both gallery and industry exposure.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers alike, provided that they are an Australian citizen or resident. Entries close 1 June 2016.

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