Call for entries: 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize

The call for entries for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is now open to all photographers and photo media artists and gives entrants the chance to have their work displayed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 28 August to 24 October 2021 in Ballarat.

The acquisitive first prize of $15,000, supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian. This must be a portrait of a living individual distinguished in art, letters, science, sports, or politics.

Entries close 1 May 2021, 11.59pm AEST.

© Elli Bardas. 2017 winner. Vicki Vidor OAM.
© Elli Bardas. 2017 winner. Vicki Vidor OAM.

Juding panel

  • Naomi Cass
  • Max Delany
  • Bill Henson
  • Fiona Sweet

You can now view past exhibition collections for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize here.

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© Penelope Hunt. 2019 winner. Finding Focus.
© Penelope Hunt. 2019 winner. Finding Focus.

About Martin Kanor

In memory of the late Martin Kantor, Kantor was a photographer and philanthropist who was known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists like Iggy Pop, Howard Arkley, painter Adam Cullen, and conceptual artist Dale Frank. His image of Mark Seymour, the lead singer of Hunters and Collectors, was used by the band for an album cover and is a classic representation of Australian rock and roll. Kantor founded the well-known St Kilda gallery Brightspace and was a strong supporter of indigenous and environmental causes.



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