ENTRIES FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS 2015 DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE AND THE MORAN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC PRIZE NOW OPEN

Entries for the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes are now open. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) is Australia’s richest art prize with the winner receiving $150,000 and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) winner receiving $50,000. Entries for 2015 close on Monday 31 August and the winners will be announced on Wednesday 28 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

For the first time, the 2015 finalists in the DMNPP and the MCPP will have the opportunity to exhibit at Juniper Hall in Paddington in addition to $1000 in prize money. The winner of this year’s Portrait Prize will be selected by Angus Trumble, the director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and acclaimed artist Rick Amor. Rick Amor comments: “The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is a very important prize that encourages the art of painting, and anything that does that is worthwhile.”

The Photographic Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges including photographic historian Alan Davies, the former Emeritus Curator of Photographs at the State Library of New South Wales and an international judge yet to be announced.

Established in 1988, the Portrait Prize is believed to be the world’s most valuable portrait prize. It invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. In 2007, the Moran Arts Foundation extended its arts award program to introduce the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, to celebrate and promote Australian contemporary photography. Australia’s most generous photography award invites entries that interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on day-to-day life. The Prize is open to Australian photographers of all ages, with special awards for students and their schools.

Entries for both prizes can be submitted online at www.moranprizes.com.au

 

ABOUT THE MORAN PRIZES

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

  • Winner – $150,000
  • Finalists – $1,000 + chance to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

  • Winner – $50,000
  • Finalists – $1,000 + chance to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes – Students

  • Years 11-12 – $5,000 for student + $5,000 for their school
  • Years 9-1 – $3,000 for student + $3,000 for their school
  • Years 7-8 – $2,000 for student + $2,000 for their school

 

ABOUT THE MORAN ARTS FOUNDATION

The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, and the FREE Moran School Photographic Workshops. Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.

More information, www.moranprizes.com.au