Ballarat International Foto Biennale
respectfully acknowledge the Wadawurrung and
Dja Dja Wurrung people - traditional custodians of the
land on which we live and work.

24 AUG – 20 OCT 2019

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize

The 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is open to all photographers and photo media artists and gives you the chance to have your work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 23 August to 20 October 2019 in Ballarat.

The acquisitive first prize of $15,000 AUD, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.


Applications Open: CLOSED
Applicants Notified: 30 June 2019
Exhibition Opens: 24 August 2019

2017 Winner
Elli Bardas, Vicki Vidor OAM 

The Prize

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is both an exhibition and award for a photographic artwork of a significant Australian. This must be a portrait of a living individual distinguished in art, letters, science, sports or politics. There is a simple three-step process to enter:

  1. Accept Terms and Conditions
  2. Complete the online form with personal details, upload a JPEG image (20cm on the long edge @ 300DPI) and an Artist Statement (up to 200 words).
  3. Make payment of $50 per image (10% discount for ‘Friends’) and you are successfully in the running for the cash prize!

Entries will be judged by:

Aaron Bradbrook

Aaron Bradbrook is the Associate Curator at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Victoria. He has held various roles at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Italy; the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australia; and Alcaston Art Gallery, Melbourne. Trained in photography and journalism he gained his MA in International Development Studies at the University of Melbourne with research concerning human rights, gender and the political economy. He has received numerous academic scholarships to study internationally at Arizona State University, USA; Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh; and Universitas of Indonesia, Jakarta. In 2019 he was named the Australia Council Venice Biennale Emerging Arts Professional for the State of Victoria. He is currently working towards the 8th Ballarat International Foto Biennale which will run from 23 August to 20 October 2019.

Max Delany

Max Delany is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. He was formerly Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012–2016), and Director, Monash University Museum of Art (2004–2012), where he oversaw the development of MUMA’s award-winning architectural premises on the Caulfield campus.

Since 2011 Max has also held the position of adjunct Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University.

Pippa Milne

Pippa Milne is a writer and curator in Melbourne. She is the Senior Curator at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne and has held curatorial roles at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; and Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. She was the Australia Council Venice Biennale Emerging Curator for the State of Victoria in 2015 and contributes to publications in Australia and New Zealand.

Image Credit: Evan Mery

Susan van Wyk

Susan van Wyk is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Since joining the NGV, she has worked on more than sixty exhibitions of Australian and international photography. Recent exhibitions include Bill Henson, Alex Prager, Thomas Demand, and William Eggleston.

Over a thirty year career Susan has written numerous catalogues, contributed to and journals on photography. And, she is the author of a number of books including: No Standing Only Dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis, The Paris End: Photography Fashion and Glamour, and co-author of Second Sight: Australian Photography in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Colony: Australia 1770-1861and Follow the flag: Australian artists at war.

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.


Entries for the 2019 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize are now CLOSED

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