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Finalists Announced

The wait is over and we are excited to share with you the thirty finalist photos of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. 

Each finalist is guaranteed a $1,000 prize and the chance of being named 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize winner with a $50,000 prize!  There are prizes for students too.  We look forward to announcing the winner on 7 May and bringing you a stunning exhibition of contemporary Australian photography.

"Judging the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize allows me to witness Australian life from an Australian perspective. This year's selection process was demanding on many levels, with photographs that moved, amused and provoked whilst sharing many contemporary issues and photographic genres. The final selection is a tribute to both the country and its people but also the quality of photography being made." 
Cheryl Newman, 2019 Judge.

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View the Finalists' photos here
View the Student Finalists' photos here

See the Exhibition

Don't miss the finalists' exhibition of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize at historic Juniper Hall from 4 May - entry is free.

Open 4 May to 2 June 2019
Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Artists talks will be confirmed soon and announced on our website.

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Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival is again exhibiting at Juniper Hall during the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, giving you more reasons to come visit us!  We'll be hosting two distinctly beautiful exhibitions from international photographers, Miranda Schmitz (Belgium) and Anni Hannen (Finland).
Exhibition Dates: 4 May to 2 June 2019
Artist talks: Saturday 4 May at 11.15am and 11.45am
Where: Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford St, Paddington NSW

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  • Matthew Abbott, Dust and Sweat
  • Miranda Schmitz
  • Anni Hannen


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


For further information, interviews and photo opportunities, please email Jillian Heggie from TM Publicity.

For all other enquiries, please email Moran Arts Foundation.