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New photographic prize: The Prix Elysée with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

Applications open: 3rd February 2014
Applications close: 25th April 2014


The Prix Elysée with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier



About the Prix Elysée

At the Musée de l’Elysée, we think that supporting photographers in the evolution of their career is as important as preserving their art for future generations. It is in a shared commitment to foster creativity and support the production of new work that the Musée de l’Elysée enters into a partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier to launch the Prix Elysée.


Who can apply

The prize is open to promising photographers or artists using photography, of all nationalities, who have already enjoyed their first exhibitions and publications. There is no imposed theme or preference for any particular photographic genre or technique. Applications are open from February 3 to April 25, 2014.


What can you win?

The winner and nominees of the Prix Elysée will all benefit from important exposure and the Museum’s expert guidance. The winner is invited to produce an original and new project as well as its related book. Both the project and book will be presented at one of the Musée de l’Elysée’s most important events, the Nuit des images.


How to apply

Photographers must be recommended by a reputed professional in the fields of photography, cinema, fashion, journalism, publishing or contemporary art. The Musée de l’Elysée will select eight nominees based upon their entry portfolios. Each will receive a contribution of CHF 5’000 towards the initial presentation of their project in a dedicated edition of the Prix Elysée magazine. This magazine will accompany the nominees’ complete portfolios in the final consideration before the jury of experts. The winner will receive CHF 80’000 to be divided between the completion of the proposed project and the publication of the accompanying book within one year. A curator from the Musée de l’Elysée will advise the winner throughout this process.

The call for applications will take place biennially. The first edition of the Prix Elysée is launched in February 2014 and concludes in June 2016.

Applicants may download the official rules for le Prix Elysée at




Yves André
Musée de l’Elysée
© Yves André



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Musée de l’Elysée
Avenue de l’Elysée 18
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Phone: +41 21 316 99 27

Musée de l’Elysée website


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Exhibition: ‘2011 Bowness Photography Prize’ at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 15th September 2011 – 16th October 2011

Short-listed artists: Warwick Baker, Kate Bernauer, Magdalena Bors, Chris Budgeon, Elaine Campaner, Michael Corridore, Jagath Dheerasekara, Jackson Eaton, Cherine Fahd, Sean Fennessy, Anne Ferran, Phillip George, Dean Golja, Natalie Grono, David Manley, Olivia Martin-McGuire, Prudence Murphy, Harry Nankin, Catherine Nelson, Matthew Newton, Selina Ou, Max Pam, Polixeni Papapetrou, Geoff Parr, Sonia Payes, Drew Pettifer, Helen Pynor, Jacky Redgate, Simone Rosenbauer, Julie Rrap, Martin Smith, Simon Terrill, Claudia Terstappen, Glenn Walls, Rudi Williams, Alex Wisser, Yiwen Yao.



Elaine Campaner. 'Australia Day #1 (Ford Falcon XR8)' 2011


Elaine Campaner (Australian, b. 1969)
Australia Day #1 (Ford Falcon XR8)
From the series Citizenship
Pigment ink-jet print
93.3 x 140cm
Courtesy of the artist



Excellent photographs in the Bowness Photography Prize this year. A small selection of the short-listed artists are featured below. The dazzling winner was Light throw (mirrors) #4, 2011 by Jacky Redgate (see below). My particular favourites include David Manley’s sensual Eastern Distributer exhaust stack (2010); Simon Terrill’s textural Rivoli #2 (2010); and Catherine Nelson’s ocular world, Cloverdowns (2010). There are many good photographs. To see more finalists work visit the Bowness Photography Prize Flickr set.



Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. Among Australia’s most important art prizes, the Bowness Photography Prize is the country’s most coveted photography prize. The finalist’s works were selected from approximately 2,000 photographs submitted by 432 entrants. In 2011, photographers competed for the $25,000 first prize.

Text from the MGA website


Simon Terrill. 'Rivoli #2' 2010


Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969)
Rivoli #2
Chromogenic print
120 x 150cm
Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Alex Wisser. 'Blank canvass 2' 2011


Alex Wisser (American, b. 1967, arrived Australia 1995)
Blank canvass 2
From the series Blank canvass
Pigment ink-jet print
100 x 150cm
Courtesy of the artist



This photograph is from a series called Blank canvass, taken during the course of my work as a real estate photographer for local newspapers. They were taken in houses that have been lived in by a single occupant or family for more than 30 years on the day of their sale by auction. Afterwards, we can only assume that they have been torn down and rebuilt or renovated beyond recognition. Like an anthropologist, I consider these dwellings from a distance, at the moment of their disappearing, wondering at the decisions of taste that are layered decade upon decade to compose or otherwise synthesise the identity of the people who have lived in them.


Jacky Redgate. 'Light throw (mirrors) #4' 2011


Jacky Redgate (English b. 1955, arrived Australia 1967)
Light throw (mirrors) #4
From the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009 – 11
Chromogenic print
126 x 158cm
Courtesy of the artist, WILLIAM WRIGHT ARTISTS, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne


Sean Fennessey. 'Father and son' 2010


Sean Fennessey (Australia, b. 1982)
Father and son
From the series Portraits of invisible people
Pigment ink-jet print
95 x 95cm
Courtesy of the artist


David Manley. 'Eastern Distributer exhaust stack' 2010


David Manley (Australian, b. 1963)
Eastern Distributer exhaust stack
From the series Entropy
Pigment ink-jet print
55 x 55cm
Courtesy of the artist


Olivia Martin-McGuire. 'Kris and Mier #1' 2011


Olivia Martin-McGuire (Australian, b. 1976)
Kris and Mier #1
From the series Mother
Chromogenic print
85 x 85cm
Courtesy of the artist


Catherine Nelson. 'Cloverdowns' 2010


Catherine Nelson (Australian, b. 1970)
From the series Future memories
Pigment ink-jet print
100 x 100cm
Courtesy of the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne


Helen Pynor. 'Liquid ground 1' 2010


Helen Pynor (Australian, b. 1964)
Liquid ground 1
From the series Liquid ground
Chromogenic print
160 x 110cm
Courtesy of the artist, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne, and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney



Chris Budgeon (Canada b. 1955, arrived Australia 1984)
From the series Are we not men
Pigment ink-jet print
90 x 67.5cm
Courtesy of the artist



Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill
Victoria 3150 Australia
Phone: + 61 3 8544 0500

Opening hours:
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Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize Call For Entries! Closes 30th June 2010

May 2010


Paul Ogier (Australia, born New Zealand 1974) 'Saint Stephen' 2009


Paul Ogier (Australia, born New Zealand 1974)
Saint Stephen
Courtesy of the artist



Mark Hislop from the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) has asked me to post details of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010. More than happy too. To see the standard take a look at the 2009 Finalists online. Details on how to enter are posted below. Have a go, get your entries in, you never know who will win!

Many thankx to the MGA for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a large version of the image.


Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969) 'Bank of England 9AM' 2009


Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969)
Bank of England 9AM
Courtesy of the artist



The Monash Gallery of Art Foundation is pleased to announce the CALL FOR ENTRIES for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010.

The MGA Foundation will once again showcase the work of Australia’s best photographers in Australia’s most coveted photography award. Photographers from all over Australia are encouraged to submit entries to this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Each year, finalists are drawn from the breadth of Australian photographic practice: editorial, commercial, street and fine art.

In recognition of the support shown the prize by Australian photographers, prize money for this year’s award has increased substantially. Last year, a record 459 photographers submitted entries in anticipation of the $20,000 non-acquisitive first prize. In 2010, photographers will be competing for $25,000 first prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the 2010 Bowness Photography Prize and Honourable Mentions will be announced on Thursday night 23 SEP 2010 during a cocktail party held at MGA. Winners and finalists will enjoy unprecedented visibility for their work. All finalists will be published on MGA’s flickr page and included in a substantial catalogue. The winner will receive the $25,000 first prize. And in recognition of the strength of the prize and MGA’s commitment to promoting the best of contemporary Australian photography, Honourable Mentions will have the opportunity to stage an exhibition at MGA.

This year’s entries will be judged by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Australia, Max Pam, Australian photographer, and Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA.


About the BOWNESS Photography Prize

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia’s most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country’s most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.

The 2009 Bowness Prize recipient was Paul Knight. Since winning the Prize, Knight has received an Australia Council for the Arts Skills and Development Grant and is currently presenting new work at the prestigious international artfair Art Cologne.


Jane Burton (Australian, b. 1966) 'Ivy # 3' 2009


Jane Burton (Australian, b. 1966)
Ivy # 3
Courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne


Owen Leong. 'Justin' 2009


Owen Leong (Australian, b. 1979)
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne


Paul Knight (Australian, b. 1976) '14 months # 01' 2008


Paul Knight (Australian, b. 1976)
14 months # 01
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne
Winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009



Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150
Phone: +61 3 8544 0503

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Photographic prize: the Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the sixth annual Inge Morath Award

March 2009


“To take pictures had become a necessity and I did not want to forgo it for anything.”

~ Inge Morath


Inge Morath (American born Austria, 1923-2002) From the series about Regensburg Museums 1999


Inge Morath (American born Austria, 1923-2002)
From the series about Regensburg Museums
Gelatin silver print



The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the sixth annual Inge Morath Award. The annual prize of $5,000 is awarded by the Magnum Foundation to a female documentary photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers.

Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath’s estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography.

Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honour. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation.

Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include: Kathryn Cook (US, ’08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, ’07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, ’06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, ’06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, ’05) for Before the Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, ’02), for Kashmir.

Text from The Inge Morath Foundation website


Inge Morath. 'Visitor in the Metropolitan Museum' 1958


Inge Morath (American born Austria, 1923-2002)
Visitor in the Metropolitan Museum
Gelatin silver print


Inge Morath. 'Window washer' 1958


Inge Morath (American born Austria, 1923-2002)
Window washer
Gelatin silver print



“I have photographed since 1952 and worked with Magnum Photos since 1953, first out of Paris, later out of New York. I am usually labeled as a photojournalist, as are all members of Magnum. I am quoting Henri Cartier-Bresson’s explanation for this: He wrote to John Szarkowski in answer to an essay in which Szarkowski stated that Cartier-Bresson labels himself as a photojournalist.

“May I tell you the reason for this label? As well as the name of its inventor? It was Robert Capa. When I had my first show in the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1948 he warned me: ‘watch out what label they put on you. If you become known as a surrealist […] then you will be considered precious and confidential. Just go on doing what you want to do anyway but call yourself a photojournalist, which puts you into direct contact with everything that is going on in the world.'”

It is in this understanding that we have been working as a group and yet everyone following their own way of seeing. The power of photography resides no doubt partly in the tenacity with which it pushes whoever gets seriously involved with it to contribute in an immeasurable number of forms his own vision to enrich the sensibility and perception of the world around him.

[In the 1950s] the burden of the already photographed was considerably less than now. There was little of the feeling of being a latecomer who has to overwhelm the huge existing body of the photographic oeuvre – which, in photography as in painting and literature, necessarily leads first to the adoption and then rejection of an elected model, until one’s own work is felt to be equal or superior, consequently original.

Photography is a strange phenomenon. In spite of the use of that technical instrument, the camera, no two photographers, even if they were at the same place at the same time, come back with the same pictures. The personal vision is usually there from the beginning; result of a special chemistry of background and feelings, traditions and their rejection, of sensibility and voyeurism. You trust your eye and you cannot help but bare your soul. One’s vision finds of necessity the form suitable to express it.”

Inge Morath, Life as a Photographer, 1999

Text from The Inge Morath Foundation website


Inge Morath (born Austria, American 1923-2002) 'Mrs. Eveleigh Nash, London, 1953' 1953


Inge Morath (American born Austria, 1923-2002)
Mrs. Eveleigh Nash, London, 1953
Gelatin silver print




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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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