William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize | shortlist

Fifty-four works have been shortlisted for the 2022 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. The selection includes an exemplary line-up of contemporary Australian artists and traverses a range of landscape, architectural and portrait photographs. The works created over the last twelve months display a diverse snapshot of photographic practice in Australia today.

The Huxleys, Moonage daydream, 2021, from the series ‘Places of worship’, pigment inkjet print, 76 × 106cm

Judges; artist Rosemary Laing and Director of Agency and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne, Hannah Presley, joined Director Anouska Phizacklea, said:

It was challenging to try, and to be honourable to the labour of all the artists who generously shared their works with us. There was more than one exhibition within the 1,334 images we viewed.”— Rosemary Laing.

“The commitment and creativity to every facet of photographic practice represented in the entries has made the [judging] process very enjoyable and I am excited for people to now see our diverse selection of finalists.”
— Hannah Presley.

“This year’s shortlist captures the depth and breadth of photographic practice in Australia made in the depth of the pandemic. What was surprising is that only a few works directly addressed the impact of COVID on society, with artists tending to return their focus to areas that interest them and yet its tendrils winds its way into their making, sometimes transforming their practice into something quite astounding.”
— Anouska Phizlackea.

Tamara Dean, I’ve always wondered when soon is, 2022, from the series ‘Palace of dreams’, pigment inkjet print, 160 × 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) invited artists to submit still photo-based media, including analogue and digital photography, created over the last year for consideration. The winning work will be awarded $30,000 and will be acquired into MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs. The Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award will be voted by the public with the recipient receiving $5,000. One artist will also be selected for the $10,000 Wai Tang Commissioning Award, which will coincide with the 2023 Bowness Photography Prize exhibition season.

Narelle Autio, Life Less, 2022, from the series ‘Trashed’, pigment inkjet print, 100 x 148cm. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Michele Aboud, Kay Abude, Jilamara Arts, Narelle Autio, Jack Ball, Ramak Bamzar, Arini Byng, Danica Chappell, Miriam Charlie, Jess Coldrey, Michael Cook, Michael Corridore, Sarah Cusack, Rebecca Dagnall, J Davies, Tamara Dean, Damian Dillon, Marian Drew, Rozalind Drummond, Sophie Dumaresq, Stephen Dupont, Odette England, Robert Fielding, Andrea Francolini, Amos Gebhardt, Mike Gillam, Ponch Hawkes, Petrina Hicks, Samantha Jade, Ayman Kaake, Shea Kirk, Janet Laurence, Honey Long and Prue Stent, Janelle Low, David Manley, Jesse Marlow, Janine McGuinness, Danie Mellor, Phuong Ngo, Selina Ou, Sanja Pahoki, Sonia Payes, Patrick Pound, Ruiqi Qiu, Kiron Robinson, Angus Scott, Cecilia Sordi Campos, David Stephenson, Margot Stewart, Cyrus Tang, The Huxleys, Lyndal Walker, Hilary Wardhaugh, and Lydia Wegner.

The 2022 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize finalist exhibition will be on view at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, from 29 September to 13 November 2022. The announcement of the winners will take place on Thursday, 6 October 2022.


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