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Finalists announced for 2024 National Photography Prize

Murray Art Museum Albury

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) announces 14 contemporary artists who have been selected as finalists for the $30,000 National Photography Prize 2024, Australia's longest running photography prize.


Alex Walker & Daniel O’Toole

Ali McCann

Ali Tahayori

Ellen Dahl

Ioulia Panoutsopoulos

Izabela Pluta

Kai Wasikowski

Nathan Beard

Olga Svyatova

Rebecca McCauley & Aaron Claringbold

Sammy Hawker

Skye Wagner

The finalist works will be presented in an exhibition at MAMA, unveiled on 22 March, with the winning work announced at the opening on Saturday 23 March 2024.

Established in 1983, and now in its 40th year the biennial acquisitive prize offers a unique opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia. The Prize brings together artists from across the nation who are pushing the boundaries of photographic practice, expanding and developing existing languages and techniques.

The 2024 National Photography Prize finalists include leading Australian artists and collectives Alex Walker & Daniel O’Toole, Ali McCann, Ali Tahayori, Ellen Dahl, Ioulia Panoutsopoulos, Izabela Pluta, Kai Wasikowski, Nathan Beard, Olga Svyatova, Rebecca McCauley & Aaron Claringbold, Sammy Hawker, and Skye Wagner.

Selected by an expert panel comprising Bala Starr, Director, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Tiyan Baker, 2022 National Photography Prize Winner, and Nanette Orly,Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury.

The National Photography Prize 2024 and the John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship judge will be Nici Cumpston OAM, Artistic Director, Tarnathi and Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Art Gallery of South Australia.

The finalists’ works traverse numerous themes and concepts including the environment and its degradation, family histories and connection to place, as well as spanning diverse photographic practices from large-scale installations, collages and assemblages, archival and chemical, to more intimate moments.

 "Each artist challenges and complicates photographic processes, while respecting the history, and contributing the future, of this artistic medium. We are looking forward to bringing these works together to develop a deeper appreciation for each artists’ practice with our local community and visitors to the region”.

Nanette Orly, Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury