Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photographic Prize is one of Australia’s longest running celebrations of photography, and certainly the medium’s oldest prize
The acquisitive, biennale award was first staged at Albury Arts Centre, which became the Albury Art Gallery, and is now the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), establishing a strong focus on photography within the museum’s collection.
The 2018 National Photographic Prize offers a $30,000 acquisitive first prize, courtesy of the generous support of the MAMA Art Foundation. In addition, the John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship offers $5000 to an outstanding emerging Australian artist.
Since the first daguerreotype was produced in the late 1830s, photography’s relatively short history has been one of flux and change, commercial use and critical distance, institutional acceptance and now complete ubiquity.
In consideration of the medium’s fluid history, artists working across all areas of the photographic field were encouraged to apply for the 2018 National Photographic Prize; extending the artists considered from those working in traditional forms of light based, chemical production through to artists dealing with hybrid and expanded fields of photography and image making.