Portrait Prize Finalists

By Megan George

About this Curation

This time of the year is the season of prestigious portrait prizes! We're proud to have so many artists as finalists in the Doug Moran, Portia Geach, Black Swan and Shirley Hannan portrait prizes. After the Archibald, these are the most notable portrait prizes in Australia.
Andrew Neilan is a finalist in this year's Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Semi-finalists on Bluethumb include Mertim Gokalp, Deborah Walker, Jeremy Elkington, Loribelle Spirovski, Brenda Runnegar, Todd Simpson, Bridgette McNab, Miranda Kichenside and Sophie Haythornwaite.
In the Portia Geach Memorial Award Kim Leutwyler, Monika Feuerstein, Sophie Haythornwaite, Josephine Josephson, Jessica Le Clerc, Brenda Runnegar, Loribelle Spirovski and Deborah Walker are among Bluethumb's finalists.
The WA based Black Swan Prize for Portraiture includes many Bluethumb artists among the finalists, including our Bluethumb Art Prize winner Kim Hyunji. Also finalists in this award are Daevid Anderson, Mal Chambers, Susannah Curtis, Kendal Gear, Mertim Gokalp, Jaq Grantford and Kim Leutwyler.
The $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award finalists include Ellie Kammer, Daevid Anderson, Melissa Ritchie, Kim Leutwyler, Matteo Bernasconi and Todd Simpson. The winner for this award will be announced on October 26.

About the Curator

Megan is Bluethumb's Content Coordinator and handles all things photography related. The voice behind Bluethumb's social media and blogs, she is a core part of the curatorial team and leads the weekly newsletters. She holds photography dear to her heart, with a background as a freelance photographer herself.

Melbourne born and bred, her days at Bluethumb are filled with many coffees, cuddles from the resident canine companions and of course, spending more $ than is sensible on stunning art.

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