MAMA Art Foundation Chair Tony Smith announced the 2016 acquisitive prize winners at the official launch on Friday 20 May of the National Photography Prize exhibition, opening Saturday 21 May and continuing until 7 August, featuring over 100 entries by more than 60 shortlisted photographers.
The works, which tackle the themes of Narrative, Object, Landscape, Portrait, Documentary and Construct will be on show, and also available for purchase until Sunday 7 August.
This year’s prize pool of $47,000, raised by the MAMA Art Foundation, is being used to acquire:
- Three works by the award-winning Brisbane-based photographer Michael Cook, Pram, Swimming Pool and Bicycle, from his extraordinary Mother series evoking the Stolen Generations
- Two works, A successful older man talks to an attractive woman while standing by the pool and Two men looking to their left, by Bronek Kozka, the Melbourne-based photographer, visual artist and RMIT lecturer in photography and portraiture
- Three works by Dasha Riley, whose passion for the Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age of painting is evoked in her beautiful portraits of her daughter, Julia, in Girl with a Basket, Thoughts of Spring and Autumn Walk
- Two works by Kergunyah artist, Andrew Pearce Until the Seventh Day (Pop a Pill) and National Anthem
- Shut Up, by Albury-based photographer, Karen Donnelly
- Milkteeth by Owen Leong, an award-winning contemporary artist who has exhibited widely here and overseas
- Two striking works by talented Melbourne-based photographic artist Polixeni Papapetrou, Heart and Amaranthine
- Melbourne-based photographic artist, Garry Moore’s, Still Life 2