Zina Sofer, winner GradFoto Award 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.


International judge, Virginia Woods-Jack, selected 21 finalists from entries spanning 18 tertiary institutions across Australia and New Zealand.

The $1000 prize was awarded to graduate Zina Sofer from RMIT University Victoria, for their series Out of the Shadows, 2023.

Virginia Woods-Jack: ‘Out of the Shadows” is a captivating and beautifully executed project that pays tribute to this impactful organisation, the individual women, and the skills they employed to secure better futures for themselves and their families outside of the patriarchy in post-war Australia. The project is exquisitely presented in a refined, accessible, and highly skilled manner, and I am excited to see where your continued academic journey takes you next. Congratulations!’