The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) has launched a New Photography Award, which is open to all photographers aged 18 and over and living in the Asia-Pacific.

This award aims to identify photographic artists working throughout the Asia Pacific region whose work is beginning to receive critical attention and deserves to be seen by international audiences. A selection of up to six artists will each receive a solo exhibition within the 2019 core program in a venue alongside other finalists, and receive one-on-one support from BIFB curators in the realisation of their exhibition.

The submitted series must:
1. be accompanied by an artistic rationale responding to the 2019 premise of HELLO WORLD
2. be comprised of 4-25 images
3. be a finished project
4. have been executed and/or resolved within the year leading up to the deadline for submissions, that is after 1 January 2018
5. have not previously been exhibited anywhere in Australia

All applicants will have their submissions reviewed by an international jury of leading curators and gallery directors. Judges will award one cash prize of AUD $10,000 to an overall winner, with an extra AUD $1,000 being awarded the People’s Choice Award, as voted by the public. Applications are open now, with submissions closing on 1 May 2019. Finalists will be contacted on 1 June, 2019. Click here for more information.