MGA Bowness Prize Finalists

Thursday 9 November 2017

By Ashley Lumb

About this Curation

The annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at the MGA, established in 2006, is a major award for contemporary Australian photography and is Australia’s most prestigious photography prize with an award value of $30,000.

The 2017 Prize was recently announced and culminated in an exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art with works by 59 finalists. The judging panel included artist and educator Susan Fereday, architect and collector Corbett Lyon, and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala. Polixeni Papapetrou, one Australia’s most established photographers, won the prize with her work ‘Delphi’ (2016) out of a record 897 entries received and honorable mentions went to Del Kathryn Barton, Danica Chappell, and Jenny Pollak.

Bluethumb Photography is proud to have 14 finalists joining the new site and presented here are some of the outstanding prize pieces that are available to collect, including the work by honorable mention Jenny Pollak. The exhibition is on until November 26th, with a few of these works becoming available for purchase then. We commend all of these artists for this achievement and also thank them for being open to collaboration and new ways of working.

About the Curator

Ashley is an American curator and art historian and has an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews. She has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the British Museum and as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Since 2012 she has been independently curating photography exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia with her curatorial collective Hemera. She is also the founder of the London and New York Photography Diaries.