Jade Jones, Highly Commended GradFoto 2023

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents the GradFoto 2023 exhibition, showcasing twenty-one finalists from ten universities across Australia and for the first time, New Zealand. This award celebrates the artistic excellence of graduating students, open to emerging contemporary artists and graduating students from selected Australian institutions whose artistic practice uses photography as its primary medium.


Three Highly Commended entries were awarded for their work.

Jade Jones for their series Braided Communities, 2023. International judge Virginia Woods-Jack said, ā€˜This body of work beautifully highlights the tenderness and care of ritual and its importance in affirming cultural identities. The observations are considered and participatory; you have afforded us a view from the inside instead of looking in from the outside. Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing more of your work.ā€™