2016 Moran Prizes Finalists Announced

Back again, this year's Moran Prizes have announced the best of Australian portraiture and photography finalists, who continue to capture the publics imagination.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize with the winner receiving $150,000 and the Moran
Contemporary Photographic Prize winner receiving $50,000.

Artist Anne Wallace and Art Historian and Gallery Director Doug Hall. On the selection of portrait finalists this year, Hall stated, “The Prize attracted extraordinary interest from Australian artists and yet again confirms that portraiture in its many expressions holds its place as being central to Australian art. Works covered a vast array of techniques and approaches, ranging from traditional realism to robust expressionism. Hyperrealism and experimental approaches were also considered and the works selected for the exhibition reveal the reach of Australian portraiture.”

To see the full list of National Portrait finalists click here.

Amongst the 30 finalists for the 2016 MCPP are reportage, portrait, documentary and landscape images, covering the far north of Australia, the outback, the mountains, the coast & the cities, with Jon Jones commenting that the finalist selection is “a mixture of classic and contemporary photography that showcases the strength of the competition.”

Imagination takes priority for Alan Davies,who commented on the judging process,“Photography is a product of its technology and this year saw more low light images and photographs taken from drones. However, it was how some photographers used their imagination to produce exciting new images that impressed me.“

For the full list of Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize finalists click here.

Commenting on the enduring popularity of the Moran portrait prizes, Hall stated, “audiences continue to be fascinated by the human face and figure, and the myriad of ways in which it is seen and interpreted.”

The winners of the 2016 Moran Prizes will be announced on Wednesday 26 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington. The Moran Prizes exhibition opens to the public the following day and runs through to early 2017.

2016 Moran Prizes

Juniper Hall, Paddington
26 October – early 2017

Courtesy the artists and Moran Prizes