The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is thrilled to present our inaugural GradFoto 2020. This award celebrates the artistic excellence of graduating students, open to emerging contemporary artists from selected institutions whose artistic practice includes photography.
GradFoto 2020 will showcase the high calibre of photographic work by up and coming graduates to new audiences across Australia and beyond, creating connections for them as they begin their artistic careers.
All applicants will have their submissions reviewed by a carefully selected judging panel. Up to 20 finalists will be selected and have their work exhibited online in the GradFoto 2020 exhibition. Judges will award one cash prize of AUD $500 to the overall winner. The winner of the GradFoto 2020 will also develop industry connections at the onset of their career through consultation with BIFB. Another finalist will be awarded one cash prize of AUD $200 for the People’s Choice Award, as voted by the public throughout the GradFoto 2020 exhibition.
All graduating students from the following institutions are eligible to apply:
•Federation University Australia
•National Art School
•Photography Studies College
•Swinburne University of Technology
•University of New South Wales
•University of Tasmana
•University of Wollongong
•Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
Entries will be judged by Zoë Croggon, Leading photographic artist; Charlotte Day, Director Monash University Museum of Art; Mark Feary, Artistic Director Gertrude Contemporary; Bridie Flynn, State Library Victoria; Wendy Garden, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Ponch Hawkes, Leading photographic artist; Rachel Kent, Chief Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; David Rosetzky, Artist & Educator RMIT University; Madé Spencer-Castle, Independent photographic curator; and Fiona Sweet, Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
Applications open: Now
Applications close: 22 November 2020, 11.59PM AEST
Finalists contacted: 4 December 2020
Online exhibition and Winner announced: 7 December 2020
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