Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture

DEADLINE : 5th June, 2015

A $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers. The winning work is acquired for the Gallery’s Collection.
The exhibition is selected from entrants across Australia and is a significant opportunity for both emerging and established photographers.

In 2005 Tweed Regional Gallery launched the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, funded by Olive Cotton’s family and dedicated to her memory as one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers.
The Award has grown and gained national recognition attracting entries from well-known and emerging photographers across Australia.

The Olive Cotton Award now boasts a major acquisitive biennial prize of $20,000, selected by the Award judge. In addition, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. fund $4000 for the acquisition of portraits from the exhibition entries to be chosen by the Gallery Director. Visitors to the exhibition may also vote for their ‘people’s choice’, which awards $250 for to the most popular finalist.

The Gallery thanks art dealer Josef Lebovic and photographer Sally McInerney, Olive Cotton’s daughter, for their ongoing support of the Award and also the Friends of the Gallery committee for their contributions, both financial and practical, to the Award and public program events. We also thank the many volunteers who assist with the huge task of receiving and despatching artworks and many other facets of the Prize organisation.

For more information please visit the – Website

Image:

Tamara Dean
Damien Skipper 2011
pure pigment print on rag paper
Acquired as the Winner of the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, 2011