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Martin Kantor Portrait Prize


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is an exceptional opportunity for photo media artists to showcase their talent and have their work viewed at one of the most prestigious photographic events in Australia.

The prize is acquisitive, with the first prize of $15,000 awarded to the most exceptional portrait. The winner and finalists are showcased in an exhibition during the 10th edition Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2023.

Martin was a photographer and philanthropist known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists like Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Paul Kelly, painter Adam Cullen, Howard Arkley, and conceptual artist Dale Frank. The Australian band, Hunters and Collectors, used his image of the lead singer, Mark Seymour, for an album cover that is a classic representation of Australian rock and roll. Martin founded the well-known St Kilda gallery, Brightspace, and strongly supported environmental causes, First Nations and reconciliation.

Helen Ennis, Curator & Author
Magda Keaney, Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Russell Storrer, Head Curator for International Art at the National Gallery of Australia

View the 2023 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize exhibition in person or online and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Main image: Allison Rose, Wheelie. Shortlisted for the Martin Kantor Prize 2023
Image carousel: Anna Shimshak, Untitled from the deep; Marcus Struzina Isabel Lucas As Marie Curie; Mia Mala McDonald, Magda Shortlisted for the Martin Kantor Prize 2023

Julie Kantor and Michael Kantor have graciously sponsored this award in memory of their brother, Martin Kantor. Proudly supported by Ballarat City Council.

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