Entries close on the 25th of this month for the Moran prizes in Australia. It’s one of the more popular art competitions around with a total of $300,000 up for grabs. The prizes include the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. Painter Ben Quilty will be one of the judges for the portrait prize, so I’m thinking if you do painterly paintings you probably should enter.
Here’s a few finalists from the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize from 2012.
Leslie Rice – Self Portrait (With the Muses of Painting and Poetry) – This was the 2012 winner of the portrait prize. I can’t say it does much for me.
Guy Maestri – Lily Meastri. I think this is a much better portrait than the winner.
Kristin Tennyson – Good Son. I like the bottom part of this picture, especially the legs.
And here’s a few finalists from the Moran Contemporary Photographic prizes last year..
Tobias Titz – Noel Charlie. One of the winners. Looks like a very lived in face.
Elizabeth Sawdon – Edward with Sleeping Sisters. In an ideal world, naked young girls should be perfectly innocent.. I wish this was an ideal world, but it’s not. See some of the discussion that Bill Henson creates.
Skye Warren – Snow Soldiers. I really like this photograph.
Update: the 2013 Moran portrait prize winner is Nigel Milsom, currently serving time in prison for armed robbery.