2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Open Program winner

‘Hello World’ – the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) introduces us to the photography of both established and emerging artists who present their captured worlds in unconventional ways and unpredictable circumstances.

BIFB’s 2019 Open Program features over 60 exhibitions by photographers and photo-media artists, taking over Ballarat’s traditional and non-traditional art spaces: galleries, cafes, bars, streets, laneways and local businesses.

Phil Hart, Eclipsed!

Congratulations to the 2019 BIFB Open Program winner and recipient of the $2000 cash prize, local astronomer and photographer, Phil Hart.

Hart is one of Australia’s most seasoned eclipse chasers ­ a particular band of individuals afflicted with the desire to chase highly predictable astronomical events around the country and the globe, despite the sometimes devastating uncertainty of weather and complex equipment on the outcome.

In 2017, Hart undertook an expedition to the Teton Range, a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, in Wyoming, USA. With 180kg of gear and 13 cameras, he hiked to the 3,387m summit of Table Mountain, twice, for an iconic view of the totally eclipsed sun over one of North America’s famous mountain peaks.

Hart’s exhibition Eclipsed! is on display at Bibo Cafe and Restaurant until 20 October 2019.

The 2019 judges were Anthony Camm, Kate Gerritsen, Mark Guirguis, Tara Poole, Louise Tegart and Carole Wilson. Honourable mentions were given to Jon Paley’s Dark Beauty, Nina Newcombe’s Topographical Landscape, and Pato Hebert’s In, If Not Always Of.