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Winner of People Choice Award_Bowness Prize 2018

MGA Foundation is delighted to announce that Melbourne‐based, Iranian‐born artist Hoda Afshar is

not only the winner of the $30,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for her

photograph ‘Portrait of Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island’ (2018), but has also been awarded the

Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award. It is recognition that this photograph has resonated with

audiences across all levels, a powerful image that elicits an intellectual, aesthetic and emotional


Sotheby’s Australia is the premier auctioneer of art, decorative arts and jewels within Australia, and

extols creativity and scholarship. Sotheby’s Australia’s support of the Bowness Photography Prize is a

reflection of the national and historic importance of this prize and the MGA Foundation is

profoundly grateful to partner with Sotheby’s for their award. Afshar will receive $2,500.

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