Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture 2013
The Tweed River Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraits, showing the work of 91 finalists from all Australian states and territories. It features entries from emerging and established photographers selected from 381 entries Australian wide.
The winner of the award has also been announced and is on display: a work by Magnum photographer Trent Parke, entitled “Candid portrait of a woman on a street corner”. For winning this biennial contest, Parke earns a $20,000 acquisitive prize.
Judge Helen Ennis said of the winning photo: “It is a very unusual work, the subject isn’t immediately visible and so our notions of portraiture are challenged. The viewer is invited to actively work with the image in order for the face of this unknown woman to become apparent.”
To accompany the exhibition, there are supporting events:
On Sunday, September 15 at 11am, Dr Doug Spowart will present a floortalk on the Olive Cotton Award 2013 exhibition. Spowart’s reviews have been published in publications such as Art Monthly and the popular magazine Better Photography. All are welcome to attend.
On Sunday, September 15 at 1pm, Doug Spowart and Dr Victoria Cooper will be discussing The Artist and Social Media – making connections and making art.
There is also an exhibition 100 Faces, the best of ABC Open’s Snapped: Faces. This is a small selection from over 1000 portraits, captured by amateur and professional photographers throughout regional Australia, for the ABC Open June photography challenge SNAPPED: FACES.