Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture

2017 Winners Announced

The Tweed Regional Gallery has announced the winners of the 2017 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.

about the award:

The Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture is a $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of photographer Olive Cotton.

The winning work is acquired for the Tweed Regional Gallery’s Collection. 

The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is a significant opportunity for photographers living and working in Australia.

The Award was launched in 2005, and is funded by Olive Cotton’s family and dedicated to her memory as one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers.

The Award has grown and gained national recognition attracting entries from well-known and emerging photographers across Australia. The Award boasts a major acquisitive biennial prize of $20,000, selected by the Award judge.

In addition, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. fund $4000 for the acquisition of portraits from the exhibition entries to be chosen by the Gallery Director.

Visitors to the exhibition may also vote for their ‘people’s choice’, which awards $250 for to the most popular finalist. 




2 thoughts on “Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture”

  1. This is an insult to all portrait artists and is now the laughing stock of the art world , a judge with lack of understanding of what the basic elements of portraiture are is a requirement and quite obvious not used here , and i feel this decision has now dragged the legacy of Olive Cotton to a level of disrespect.

    1. I intend to write a post on this matter soon.

      Meanwhile my concern is that the debate around this main award has deflected attention from the other winners and their wonderful works.

      And I wish the gallery had published a more comprehensive set of images of those that had been short listed – if for no other reason than to let everyone see how wonderful photography is in Australia right now.

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