A number of WA residents have just been announced as finalists in the prestigious $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Among the 30 finalists for the portrait prize are West Aussies Steven Black, for his portrait of Isabella Speed, and Justin Swed for his portrait of Birgitta Valgerdur Swed.
For 28 years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged excellence and innovative approach in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of any sitter of their choice. This year, the 2016 finalists include three UNSW Art & Design graduates: Claire Heise for her self-portrait complete with clouds and cockroaches, Steve Lopes for his anonymous sleeping woman dreaming of a small Aeolian Island off Sicily; and James Powditch for his portrait of the Australia Day Local Hero recipient and Director of the Sydney Story Factory, Cather
FIVE Cowra High School students have been named semi-finalists in the student section of the 2016 Doug Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Sean Smith, Hayley Harding and Emily Whatman were selected from Year 7/8 whilst Airi Nishihara and Kyesha Ingram were semi-finalists from Year 9/10.
DEAN Sewell’s “drive by shooting” at Katoomba has earned him a semi finalist berth in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. The recent Katoomba resident – he moved up earlier this year – said he had “only just moved in” when he had the chance to capture his first Mountains snow event travelling along Lurline Street in June. “I had experience of photographing snow in Russia but not much here. I jumped in my car to see what I could photograph. There was this beautiful early 60s model Volkswagon in a traffic jam and this guy’s wipers obviously weren’t working.
THIS portrait of former AFL star and 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, an Aboriginal man, is in the running for the nation’s richest art prize. Artist Matt Last’s portrait of Goodes is titled Be Brave.
A total of 104 portraits, chosen from more than 1000 entries, have been announced as semifinalists for the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.