TOPshots 2021–22 Award announcement

TOPshots is an annual celebration of emerging photomedia artists at the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA). Established more than a decade ago, the award and exhibition showcases exceptional photographic work produced by students who have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects of Art, Media, and Studio Arts, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts.

© Lucy Crowe. Pink scales, 2021, from the series, Fragile armour. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Sacre Coeur.
© Lucy Crowe. Pink scales, 2021, from the series, Fragile armour. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Sacre Coeur.

The artworks displayed in this exhibition have been selected from a large pool of entries, and represent a small sample of the creative talent that emerged out of Melbourne’s high schools in 2021.

The winner of TOPshots 2021–22 will receive the inaugural Rosie Hughes Memorial Prize, sponsored by The Waverley Camera Club, in memory of their late member Rosie Hughes.

Artists: Ella Chawkley | Emerald Secondary College, Mikayla Crossett | Glen Waverley Secondary College, Lucy Crowe | Sacre Coeur, Sebastian Crupi | Kew High School, Gabrielle Edwards | Vermont Secondary College, Stella Hammet | Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Isabella Hughes | Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, Madison Jeffares | Caulfield Grammar School, Chloe Lochhead | Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, Tom Machin | Carey Baptist Grammar School, Jemima Mantello | Toorak College, Olivia McQuitty | Avila College, Rochelle Paris | Beaconhills College, Jodhi Ramsden-Mavric | Albert Park College, Lucy Vickers-Willis | Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

RSVP via the link above for the event which take place on 28 May at 2pm.

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