Fremantle Portrait Prize – Freo’s Inaugural International Portraiture Award
I’ve been a bit tardy with blogging this but, as they say, better late than never.
If you’re a WA photographer who has been online over the past 12 months, you wouldn’t have missed all the news about the Fremantle Portrait Prize – Freo’s very own award for portrait photography. As a shortlisted entrant, I received an invitation to the very stylish and lush Opening Night last Friday (I felt a bit under-dressed surrounded by people in black tie and evening dress — and there I was in cargo pants and a jumper!).
Part of my attendance was to, of course, check out the other shortlists (and there were some real pearlers amongst them – I was particularly taken by the portraits by Jo Ward, Angie Rowe, Robert Cianflone, Dianne English, Mark Tedeschi, Amy Winten, Paul Grosfield and James Simmons – but also to find out which images won the top prize and runner up prizes. If you haven’t been to the exhibition as yet, you can view the winning portraits at the Freo Portrait Prize website.
It was a good opportunity to catch up with a number of local Freo photographers, to hear the story behind the portrait prize (congrats to all the organisers) and to listen to their plans for next year’s Fremantle Portrait Prize.
If you haven’t been down to the Moore’s Building Gallery in Henry Street to check out this exhibition, make sure you do before it closes on the 20th October. And if you’re looking for mine – it’s the one entitled “After Botticelli” and depicts two very wet damsels emerging out of the Indian ocean.
Here are some snaps from the night (using the new Nikon D600 which I have been testing, thanks to a loan from Team Digital. Keep an eye out for the review of the D600 soon).