National Photography Prize 2020

When: Friday 21 February - Extended until museum reopens

Where: Paul Ramsay Galleries, MAMA

Price: FREE

Every two years the National Photography Prize offers an opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia. In 2020, the National Photography Prize finalists’ exhibition presents a selection of the most innovative and thoughtful photo-based practices from across the country. The exhibition gives audiences the ability to consider each of the finalists’ work in depth, with a number of key recent works by each finalist resulting in an exhibition that has much room for reflection on the current state of photography and image based work in Australia.

2020 Finalists
Anthea Behm
Danica Chappell
Elise Harmsen
Ali McCann
Hayley Millar-Baker
Kent Morris
Sarah Mosca
Phuong Ngo
Lillian O’Neil
Emma Phillips
Debra Phillips
Justine Varga.

Generously supported by the MAMA Art Foundation, the National Photography Prize offers a $30,000 acquisitive first prize, the $5000 John and Margaret Baker Fellowship for an emerging practitioner, and further supports a number of artists through focused acquisitions.

The National Photography Prize was inaugurated in 1983, and has largely been held biennially. It is Australia’s longest running acquisitive photographic award. The 2020 iteration represents its 15th presentation.

The announcement of the winners of both the acquisitive first prize and the John and Margaret Baker Fellowship has been postponed due to museum closure. PHOTO 2020 has been postponed until 10 -29 September 2020.