$5000 1st Prize (non-acquisitive)
$1000 People’s Choice Award
Now in its second year, the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women (MDPPfW) is seeking entries from women photographers of all ages, backgrounds and career levels. The only requirement is that they must only use available light.
The prize celebrates the life of American-born Diaz, who became one of Australia’s foremost women photographers. A commercial and street photographer, she was recognised for her use of ambient light.
The MDPPfW was the initiative of Martin Kantor, photographer and founding director of BRIGHTSPACE, St Kilda which will host an exhibition of the shortlisted works and the celebratory prizegiving in September. Tony Rogers’ film production company, Guilty Content is also back on board as our sponsor. The judging panel includes celebrated photographers: Hoda Afshar, Robert Imhoff and Julie Millowick.
The MDPPfW 2017 is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Director of the Biennale, Fiona Sweet said they are delighted to include the prize in the program:
‘Maggie was one of our core artists in 2011 and this year’s Biennale will feature over 20 women artists of which 10 are indigenous. This prize is for women from all backgrounds and career stages, and as the Biennale strongly believe in art for all this is a perfect addition to our program.’
Maggie Diaz arrived in Melbourne alone and on a one-way ticket in 1961. With over a decade of experience as a both a commercial and street photographer, she soon established herself as one of our leading photographers at a time when few women worked in the profession. Alongside her growing commercial practice, she continued her love of street photography, chronicalling Melbourne arts scene and changing social landscape over four decades.
Her collaboration with curator, Gwen De Lacy, which started on Diaz’s 80th birthday, saw her recognised as a national treasure with her works collected by The National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. Maggie died earlier this year at the age of 91. The State Library of Victoria, which is custodian of her entire archive of over 30,000 negatives, recently held a memorial service.