Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Lara Gilks strives to test boundaries in her photography – exploring the precipice between the macabre and the beautiful, perfection and imperfection, human and inhuman, dream and reality. She has received multiple awards for her work, including three Honourable Mentions at the 2016 International Photo Awards, three Honourable Mentions at the 2016 Monochrome Awards, and was awarded a Silver at the PX3 Photography Awards in 2016. Her work has been published in New York Creative Quarterly and she was a Wellington finalist for the Clifton Art Prize 2017. Gilks’ work has featured in a number of exhibitions, including the Auckland Festival of Photography in 2017, Creative Quarterly Magazine Top 100 Group Show in New York in February 2018, and the Photoforum Group Show in April 2018.
Category prize: $450 plus a National Portrait Gallery Prize Pack, valued at $295.