Join us as we present the inaugural Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Prize, made possible with the generous support of the Dara Foundation. Named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor, the $15,000 acquisitive prize is awarded for a photographic artwork of a significant, living Australian in the fields of art, letters, science, sport or politics. The exhibition will showcase the winner and finalists.

About the Sponsor:

The Dara Foundation has graciously sponsored this award in memory of the late 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. His image of Mark Seymour, the lead singer of Hunters and Collectors, was used by the band for an album cover and is a classic representation of Australian rock and roll. Kantor founded the well-known St Kilda gallery Brightspace and was a strong supporter of indigenous and environmental causes.


  • Naomi Cass

    Director of The Centre for Contemporary Photography

    Curator and writer, Naomi Cass is Director of Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (CCP). In 2005 she oversaw relocation of CCP to purpose designed premises. Her most recent exhibitions include the major photographic survey of Simryn Gill for the 2009 Melbourne Festival. In 2011 she curated In camera and in public, drawing on historical and contemporary photography, video and installation to explore the issue of transgression and intrigue in photography; and presented the first mid career survey of U.S. based photographer, Wendy Ewald, also for the Festival. In 2013 she co-curated the survey True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works with Kyla McFarlane. In 2014 Naomi and Kyla curated The Sievers Project. Crossing paths with Vivian Maier celebrated the timely relevance of this reluctant artist, juxtaposing her work with contemporary Australian photography, performance and video. In 2016 she curated The documentary take, which explored the seeping of documentary practice into contemporary art. In 2017 she will co-curate, An Unorthodox Flow of Images with CCP curator, Pippa Milne. Naomi is responsible for developing offsite, touring and public billboard projects, youth at risk education programs and presented two iterations of the National Indigenous Photo-Media Forum for the CCP. Naomi is an Asialink Fellow.

  • Isobel Crombie

    Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management at The National Gallery of Victoria

    Dr Isobel Crombie began her career at the National Gallery of Australia in 1979 and, from 1988 to 2012 she was Senior Curator, Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria. Isobel regularly curated exhibitions on the history of Australian and International photography and published widely including Body Culture, Max Dupain, Photography and Australian Culture, 1919-1939 (2004). In 2013 she was appointed Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management at the NGV. In 2016 she curated Whistler’s mother and later this year is co-curator of Brave New World: 1930s Australia.

  • Leonard Vary

    CEO of The Myer Foundation

    Leonard is the CEO of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. Both the Foundation and Fund continue the philanthropic legacy of Sidney Myer and the succeeding generations of the Myer family. Leonard is a director of the Malthouse Theatre, the immediate past Chairman of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, a past Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to his appointment to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel and a Director of the Linfox Group. Earlier in his career Leonard was in private practice at Clayton Utz, a leading Australian law firm. Leonard holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. Leonard also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, and in 2006 he undertook the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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  • July 16, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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