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Martin Kantor Portrait Prize - Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for the 2021 Martin Kantor Portrait Prize. This is open to all photographers and photo media artists, giving you the chance to have your work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 28 August to 24 October 2021 in Ballarat.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is both an exhibition and award for a photographic artwork of a significant Australian. This must be a portrait of a living individual distinguished in art, letters, science, sports or politics.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor. Kantor was a photographer and philanthropist who was known for his arresting portraits of famous musicians and artists like Iggy Pop, Howard Arkley, painter Adam Cullen and conceptual artist Dale Frank. Kantor founded the well-known St Kilda gallery Brightspace and was a strong supporter of indigenous and environmental causes.

The acquisitive first prize of AUD $15,000, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

Applications open: Now
Applications close: 1 May 2021, 11.59PM AEST
Finalists notified: 15 June 2021

Entries will be judged by Naomi Cass, Director of Castlemaine Art Museum Renewal; Max Delany, CEO of ACCA; Bill Henson, leading Australian photographer; and Fiona Sweet, Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Find out more and apply now.

If you have any queries email


Friday 18 September, 2020
Saturday 1 May, 2021
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Venue Address
12 Lydiard St North, Ballarat

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