The Ballarat International Foto Biennale proudly presents the GradFoto 2021 exhibition. This award celebrates the creative excellence of graduating students, open to emerging contemporary artists from Australian institutions whose artistic practice includes photography. Following its inaugural launch in 2020, GradFoto 2021 continues to showcase the graduates’ calibre of photographic work to new audiences across Australia and beyond. GradFoto is an annual award presented each year for graduating artists.


The following judges selected twenty finalists from entries spanning nineteen tertiary institutions across Australia:

  • Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Director of Programs, Carriageworks
  • Alasdair Foster, Writer, Researcher & Curator
  • Sunyoung Kim, Curator, Museum of Photography Seoul
  • Talia Linz, Curator, Artspace Sydney
  • Pippa Milne, Senior Curator, Monash Gallery of Art
  • Talia Smith, Artist & Curator, Granville Centre Art Gallery
  • Madé Spencer-Castle, Independent Curator
  • Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director & CEO, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2016-2021
  • David Wadelton, Artist

National tertiary institutions participating in the GradFoto 2021 award were: Charles Darwin University, Charles Sturt University, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University, Federation University Australia, LCI Melbourne, Monash University, Murdoch University, National Art School, Oxygen College, Photography Studies College, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, TAFE New South Wales, University of New South Wales, University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong, VCA University of Melbourne, and Whitehouse Institute of Design.