The Olive Cotton Award 2019 is now calling for entries

Entries are now open for the prestigious Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture (OCA), held biennially at Tweed Regional Gallery. 

The OCA 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 Gallery’s collection. 

The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is a significant opportunity for photographers living and working in Australia. The exhibition will show at Tweed Regional Gallery from Friday 12 July to Sunday 22 September.

The judge for 2019 is Marian Drew, Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland College of Art. Marian is one of Australia's most influential and significant photo-media artists with a practice spanning more than twenty years. She has held over forty solo shows and numerous group shows in Australia and internationally.

Entry form and entry fee must be submitted on line at by midnight Friday 3 May 2019. 

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Image: 2017 Directors Choice Winner, Anne Zahalka, The Papapetrou Family, 2017, dye sublimation on chromalux metal, 80 x 80 cm.


Friday 22 February, 2019
Friday 3 May, 2019
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Venue Address
2 Mistral Rd

New South Wales, , Murwillumbah

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