The Moran Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the semi-finalists for this year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

59 semi-finalists have been selected for the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Judges Angus Trumble, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and acclaimed artist Rick Amor have confirmedthat the entries in 2015 have maintained the standard that is now expected from one of the Australia’s leading art prizes.

Angus Trumble comments: “If there were any doubt about the health and vigour of the art of portraiture in Australia, this year’s crop of entries to the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize would be sufficient to dispel it.”

Rick Amor comments: “The artworks chosen have a high degree of artistic competence and it was a pleasure to co-judge this very generous prize”.

There are 103 semi-finalists in this year’s Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizewith entries ranging from portraits of swimmer Michael Klim and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke to an image of Martin Place following the Lindt Café siege. The Photographic Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges including Cheryl Newman, former Photography Director and contributing writer of the UK’s Telegraph Magazine and photographic historian Alan Davies, the former Emeritus Curator of Photographs at the State Library of New South Wales.

Alan Davies comments: “The great thing about the Moran will be this record of Australian life over time. When you look at the images you can see not just the physical changes but also the concerns of society, mirrored in the photographers’ choice of subjects.”

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. The finalists of the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be announced on Tuesday 13 October.

This year’s winners will be revealed on Wednesday 28 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney, with the exhibition of the finalists at Juniper Hall opening to the public on Thursday 29 October.