2022 Bowness Photography Prize Winner Announcement


An image by Melbourne artist Amos Gebhardt, Wallabywon top honors on the 17e Annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize which earned him the top prize of $30,000. Her work was selected from a total of 1,334 entries, comprising 54 shortlisted images. The judges, acclaimed artist Rosemary Laing, Agency Director and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne, Hannah Presley, and MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea, also chose three honorable mentions from Color Factory in the restricted list. Gebhardt’s work will be included in MGA’s collection of nationally significant Australian photographs.

©Amos Gebhardt. Wallaby, 2022. Winner of the 2022 Bowness Photography Prize $30,000 acquisition prize. Dye coupler print (light box), 76.0 x 95.0 cm, courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne).

The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and offers one of the largest photographic prizes in the country.

No stranger to awards, Gebhardt’s works have been shortlisted four times over the past five years as finalists for the Bowness Photography Prize. For his award-winning work, Gebhardt has integrated X-ray and satellite imagery to explore themes of trauma and sensitivity.

Color Factory Honorable Mentions went to Petrina Hicks for her exploration of motherhood in Hercules (2021); Danie Mellor for large-scale work that incorporates archival and recent infrared imagery to address the country’s rich cultural traditions and photographic imagery history that helped shape the development of colonial and colonial Australian identity in Australia . The far countryy(2022); and Sonia Payes for her work, Exoplanet 1 (2022).

© Petrina Hicks.  Hercules, 2021. Honorable Mention Color Factory.  Pigment inkjet print, 100.0 x 123.0 cm, courtesy of the artist, Michael Reid, (Sydney) and THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne).  –
© Petrina Hicks. Hercules, 2021. Honorable Mention Color Factory. Pigment inkjet print, 100.0 x 123.0 cm, courtesy of the artist, Michael Reid, (Sydney) and THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne).

What the judges thought

‘Amos Gebhardt’s Wallaby stands at the frontiers of photography and draws from its inner core – the refractions of light. It is an incredibly complex and poetic work. In one image, the artist focuses on the untimely death of an individual creature and yet locates its meaning in the cosmos. He asks us to consider life and death and the nature of sentient beings. We are delighted to welcome Gebhardt’s practice and their ‘Wallaby’ work to the MGA collection” – Anouska Phizacklea, Director of MGA.

“To see all the participants working together in the flesh is a special opportunity. It was a little difficult to officially identify a few of them, while they rub shoulders with many exceptional practices. Thank you and congratulations to all the participants, and on this occasion, in particular Amos, Petrina, Danie and Sonia.’ – Rosemary Laing, artist.

“It has been a wonderful experience working with Rosemary and the MGA team and an enjoyable process of discussing each entry, curating a thoughtful selection of works that celebrate photography. Congratulations to everyone involved, keep creating and to explore your craft – Hannah Presley, Agency Director and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne.

© Danie Mellor.  The Far Country, 2022. Honorable Mention Color Factory.  Dye coupler prints, 180.0 X 120.0 cm (each), courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne).
© Danie Mellor. The far country, 2022. Honorable Mention Color Factory. Dye coupler prints, 180.0 X 120.0 cm (each), courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne).

About the artist

Amos Gebhardt (1976–) graduated with an MA in Directing from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2006 and has since developed an artistic practice that revolves around large-scale moving image installations and photography , incorporating collaborations with performers, choreographers and sound artists. . Exploring the intersections between culture, nature, resistance and entanglement, Gebhardt narrates both human and beyond-human worlds. Gebhardt has exhibited widely, including at the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and the M+ Museum for Visual Culture in Hong Kong, and has been recognized with numerous awards, grants and residencies, such as the National Photography Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography. Award.

© Sonia Payes.  Exoplanet 1, 2022. Honorable Mention Color Factory.  Dye coupler print, 60.0 x 100.0 cm, courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Gallery (Melbourne).
© Sonia Payes. Exoplanet 1, 2022. Honorable Mention Color Factory. Dye coupler print, 60.0 x 100.0 cm, courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Gallery (Melbourne).

Shortlisted finalists

Michele Aboud, Kay Abude, Jilamara Arts, Narelle Autio, Jack Ball, Ramak Bamzar, Arini Byng, Danica Chappell, Miriam Charlie, Jess Coldrey, Michael Cook, Michael Corridore, Sarah Cusack, Rebecca Dagnall, J Davies, Tamara Dean, Damian Dillon, Marian Drew, Rozalind Drummond, Sophie Dumaresq, Stephen Dupont, Odette England, Robert Fielding, Andrea Francolini, Amos Gebhardt, Mike Gillam, Ponch Hawkes, Petrina Hicks, Samantha Jade, Ayman Kaake, Shea Kirk, Janet Laurence, Honey Long and Prue Stent, Janelle Low, David Manley, Jesse Marlow, Janine McGuinness, Danie Mellor, Phuong Ngo, Selina Ou, Sanja Pahoki, Sonia Payes, Patrick Pound, Ruiqi Qiu, Kiron Robinson, Angus Scott, Cecilia Sordi Campos, David Stephenson, Margot Stewart, Cyrus Tang, the Huxleys, Lyndal Walker, Hilary Wardhaugh and Lydia Wegner.

© Tamara Dean.  I've always wondered when is soon, 2022, of the series, Palace of Dreams.  Pigmented inkjet print, 160 x 120 cm, courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney).
© Tamara Dean. I always wondered when is it soon2022, series, palace of dreams. Preselected entry. Pigmented inkjet print, 160 x 120 cm, courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney).
© Michael Cook.  Enculturation #5, 2022, from the Enculturation series.  100 x 180 cm, courtesy of the artist, This Is No Fantasy (Melbourne) and Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane).
© Michael Cook. Inculturation #52022, series, Inculturation. Preselected entry. 100 x 180 cm, courtesy of the artist, This Is No Fantasy (Melbourne) and Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane).
© Narelle Auto.  Life Less 2022, from the Trashed series.  Pigment inkjet print, 100 x 148 cm, courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney).
© Narelle Auto. life less2022, series, In the garbage. Preselected entry. Pigment inkjet print, 100 x 148 cm, courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney).
© The Huxleys.  Moonage daydream, 2021, from the Places of Worship series.  Pigment inkjet print, 76 x 106 cm.
© The Huxleys. Lunar Reverie2021, series, Places of worship. Preselected entry.
Pigment inkjet print, 76 x 106 cm.

Visit the Bowness website to view the finalists in their online gallery.

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