Media Release

Moran Art Prizes



4 April 2018

The finalists of the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize have been revealed by the Moran Arts Foundation. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is one of Australia’s most prestigious photography competitions and 30 photographs from 24 photographers are competing for a $50,000 first prize, the winner of which will be announced on Tuesday 8 May at Juniper Hall in Paddington.


Over 2600 entries were submitted for this year’s prize, and 148 photographs from 116 photographers were selected as semi-finalists. Amongst this year’s 24 finalists are four former MCPP winners.


The judges of the 2018 MCPP, Cheryl Newman, Jon Jones and Raphaela Rosella, will reconvene later this month to select the winner of the Prize. Jon Jones said “the final 30 represent a wonderful cross section of contemporary Australia, with some beautiful, some dynamic, and some challenging images and themes.”


The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) was established in 2007 by the Moran Arts Foundation and it awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still, photo based artwork - including analogue and digital photography or staged and directorial photo-media work. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including the $50,000 first prize. Photographers were invited to interpret “contemporary life in Australia” and the finalist selection features a diverse range of subjects, from locations across the country.


On Tuesday 8 May, the Moran Arts Foundation will also announce the winners of the 3 Student Photographic Prizes. This year’s Student Prize judges are Louise Whelan, Nicki Jackson and Peter Edward.


The winner of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be announced on Tuesday 8 May at Juniper Hall in Paddington. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Exhibition opens on 5 May and runs until 27 May.


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 Prize, gallery exhibitions and 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.



Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

Winner - $50,000

Finalists - $1,000


Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes - Students

$5,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 11-12)

$3,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 9-10)

$2,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 7-8)

A camera for each Primary School Student Finalist


Abbott, Matthew | Wrestlers Cooling Off

Abbott, Matthew | A New Beginning

Abboud, Marian | Looking for Basloukit in Bathurst 

Bugg, James | Zach

Bugg, James | Billy and Cooper

Colaidis, Maria | Untitled 2017

Cripps, Jo | Rob and Nikita

Dean, Tamara | The Quarry

Dupont, Stephen | Fleur

Ferguson, Adam | Governess, New Years Day Party, Tibooburra NSW

Ferguson, Adam | Shelita Buffett, Drag Queen, Broken Hill NSW

Ferguson, Adam | Bushfire, Carwoola NSW

Frank, Jon | Port Pirie SA

Garbutt, Michael | Red-Belly Black Snake

Grono, Natalie | The Burning

Harris, Sam | The Last Dance

Harris, Sam | Sisters

Harsent, Simon | Black Star

Hillier, Tim | Doomadgee Lawnmower

Koenning, Katrin | Sasha with Balloons

Malone, Sarah | Pregnant Woman and Man on Beach 

Mitchell, Trent | The Front #3

Moore, Isabella | Junior Mullet Festival Contestant

Moore, Isabella | The Significance of Ceremony

Muller, Justine | Sister Reena Staker

O'Halloran, Tajette | Untitled

Sewell, Dean | Douglas Park

Titz, Tobias | Edie Ulrich Comments on the 1967 Referendum

Wallwork, Jacob | Nullarbor Roadhouse

Ward, April | Upside Down in the Floods


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