MARTIN KANTOR PORTRAIT PRIZE
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor. Kantor was a photographer and philanthropist who was known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists like Iggy Pop, Howard Arkley, painter Adam Cullen and conceptual artist Dale Frank. Kantor founded the well-known St Kilda gallery Brightspace and was a strong supporter of indigenous and environmental causes.
Presented by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale since 2017, the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is both an exhibition and award for a photographic artwork of a significant Australian. The photographic work must be a portrait of a living individual distinguished in art, letters, science, sports or politics. The Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is open to all photographers and photo media artists.
All entries for the 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize will be displayed and viewed as an exhibition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 28 August – 24 October 2021.
The acquisitive first prize of AUD $15,000, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, is awarded to the most exceptional photographic portrait.
Alongside the Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet, we are excited to have the following distinguished judges for the 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize involved, with leading Australian photographer, Bill Henson; Artistic Director and CEO of ACCA, Max Delany; and Naomi Cass, Director of Castlemaine Art Museum Renewal.
Applications open: Now
Applications close: 1 May 2021, 11.59PM AEST
Finalists notified: 15 June 2021
Find out more and apply now: