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Vote for People’s Choice Awards

Explore the 2021 Biennale’s prize exhibitions, featuring finalists of the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize and The Fineman New Photography Award, and all of the Biennale’s Open Program artists.

Browse the online galleries and cast your votes for the People’s Choice Awards. The Biennale will award a cash prize to each of the People’s Choice Award winners.

Submit your vote through each exhibition gallery. Voting closes 28 November 2021.

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Martin Kantor Portrait Prize

Mia Mala McDonald, Darcy Vescio, 2018

Named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor, the acquisitive first prize of $15,000 is awarded to an exceptional portrait of a significant Australian recognised within their field of art, letters, science, sport or politics. The Martin Kantor Portrait Prize exhibition presents 28 award finalists.


The Fineman New Photography Award

Pierfranceso Celada, When I feel down I take a train to the Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2014-2020

Following the inaugural run in 2019, we present the second iteration of The Fineman New Photography Award. This award places the focus on photographic artists working throughout the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to showcase work that is beginning to receive critical attention. This award allows photographers and photo media artists to submit a series of works responding to the Biennale premise Past. Tense. Now.


Open Program Exhibitions

Angus O’Callaghan, Royal Arcade, 1969

With more exhibitions than ever before, the 2021 Open Program features more than 80 artists, turning Ballarat’s cafes, bars, businesses and laneways into an immersive arts experience.


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Digital Program is proudly supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – An Australian Government initiative.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an official event partner of the Digital Innovation Festival and the BIFB Digital Program is sponsored by the Victorian Government as a feature of the Emerging Tech and Digital Inclusion program.