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Who are the semi-finalists?

We are very excited to announce the 230 semi-finalists of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Thank you to those of you who entered.  Your eye for capturing what it is that makes Australia unique is as varied as it is inspiring.

“Judging this year’s semi finalists was an epic challenge. It’s a bit like holding your breath under water and each time you come up for air you are graced with a surprising and poetic moment in Australian photography. I am looking for the imperfections and uniqueness emotionally that only photography can give”.  Stephen Dupont, 2019 judge.

View ALL the semi-finalists' photos here

Our Judges

We are delighted to announce that international judges Cheryl Newman and Jon Jones have joined Australian photographer, artist and filmmaker, Stephen Dupont on this year's Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize judging panel. Cheryl Newman is a respected international photographer and curator and Jon Jones is a celebrated international photojournalist and photo editor.

“Powerful landscapes and infinite skies provide a back drop for family life and a sense of community which open up this conversation about Australian daily life. The challenge facing the photographer is to capture moments that will enlighten, provoke, amuse and move the viewer. For the judges, it’s to find the winner from nearly 3000 images entered into the competition. With many exceptional entries it calls for tough choices to be made, it has been a rich and rewarding experience so far.” Cheryl Newman, 2019 judge.

Key Dates

03 April - Finalists Announced
04 May to 2 June - Exhibition Open at Juniper Hall (Thu to Sun)
7 May - Winners Announced

CREDITS -  a small selection of 2019 semi finalists photographs shown at top

  • Brian Cassey, Tomotaro on the block
  • Adam Ferguson, Drought 2
  • Michele Aboud, Daniel
  • Tamara Dean, Dean Jack 0
  • Emma Phillips, Untitled
  • Brydie Piaf, Sunday
  • Nathan Stolz, Joanne and Anthony
  • Mark Rafferty, Bronson
  • Toby Zerna, Ballet Boots
  • Liz Ham, Self Portait with First Born 2018
  • Sam Harris, Uma & Yali
  • Sam Harris, Yali combing accident
  • Tamara Dean, Waterhole 0
  • Matthew Abbott, Breaky before dawn
  • Adam Ferguson, Drought 6
  • James Kerr, At the shopping centre carpark
  • Ryan Stuart, Storm Mundi Mundi
  • Tamara Dean, Endangered
  • Emma Phillips, Untitled
  • Sam Harris, Sisters 2018
  • Wayne Quilliam, Cultural Evolution
  • Paul Blackmore, Heat

Judges Photographs (pictured left to right)
  • Jon Jones
  • Cheryl Newman
  • Stephen Dupont (credit Albert Morales, 2018)


The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, and the free Moran School Photographic Workshops.

Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia's bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography. Visit our website for more information


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