Five images from his series Her took out the major award judged anonymously by twelve industry leaders who described the images as cohesive series conveying a strong point of view in a provocative, mysterious way. Bektas wins $10K in prizes from SUNSTUDIOS Australia.
Sydney journalist/photojournalist Mridula Amin received Runner Up prize for her covertly shot series on offshore detention on Nauru. Sydney based photographer/cinematographer and director Vitor Queiroz received Highly Commended for his work documenting Young Cairo – a South-Sudanese hip-hop artist from the inner-west.
Each year SEPA aims to break down the barriers photographers face in establishing a career by offering an opportunity to have work evaluated by industry leaders and commissioning agents. The free-to-enter award offers a generous and flexible $25K prize pool, available for redemption in products and services at SUNSTUDIOS including product, fine art printing, equipment hire, exhibition and studio space.
Twelve finalists across four photographic categories feature in a finalist exhibition opening from September 19-October 6 at the Atrium Gallery, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney. The exhibition later travels to SUNSTUDIOS Skylight Gallery in Melbourne from November 7-19.
Sydney Exhibition: 19 September, 6pm – 9pm. Continues until 6 October.
Genres often known for being grand and imposing, the imagery of 2019 SEPA Landscape and Architecture finalists is instead gentle, strange and subtle. The judges have selected Debbie Gallulo, Ashley Ludkin and Matt Solomon as three artists with strong perspective on our built and natural environment.
Victorian photographer Sean Paris caught the eye of our judges and was awarded Highly Commended for his series Melbourne Race Rallies. We caught up with him for more information on his topical, powerful work. Catch the exhibition in Melbourne from November 2.
Pratley’s series of SEPA 2018 portraits grew organically out of encounters in daily life with people, a reminder that people you walk past every day often hold valuable experience. His images are an education in adversity and how to continue on.