The 2019 Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture finalists have been selected by Guest Judge, renowned Australian photomedia artist Marian Drew. The $20,000 biennial national award will be announced at the exhibition opening to be held at Tweed Regional Gallery on Saturday 13 July at 5pm.
2019 Olive Cotton Award Finalists
Margaret Ellen Burns
Judith Nangala Crispin
Stephen Du Pont
Mia Mala McDonald
Olive Cotton Award
The Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture is a $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of photographer Olive Cotton. The winning work is acquired for the Gallery’s Collection. The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is a significant opportunity for photographers living and working in Australia. Entries are now open for the 2019 exhibition to be shown from Friday 12 July to Sunday 22 September.
The award was launched in 2005, and is funded by Olive Cotton’s family and dedicated to her memory as one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers. The Award has grown and gained national recognition attracting entries from well-known and emerging photographers across Australia. The award boasts a major acquisitive biennial prize of $20,000, selected by the Award judge. In addition, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. fund $4000 for the acquisition of portraits from the exhibition entries to be chosen by the Gallery Director. Visitors to the exhibition may also vote for their 'people’s choice', which awards $250 for to the most popular finalist.
The Gallery thanks art dealer Josef Lebovic and photographer Sally McInerney, Olive Cotton’s daughter, for their ongoing support of the Award and also the Friends of the Gallery committee for their contributions, both financial and practical, to the Award and public program events. We also thank the many volunteers who assist with the huge task of receiving and despatching artworks and many other facets of the Prize organisation.