Works from 74 photographers have been selected as finalists for the 2024 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, one of the largest fields in the history of the prize.

One of the shortlisted images: The dark current  2023, from the series The dark current by Angela TIATIA; pigment ink-jet print 120.4 x 80.3 cm, collection of the artist; courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf (Melbourne, Sydney).

The short-listed images were chosen by the judging panel, Dr Peta Clancy, former Director of Photographers’ Gallery London Brett Rogers, and MAPh Director Anouska Phizacklea, from close to 750 entries submitted. The artists whose work was chosen are: Hameed Akinwande, Karenne Ann, Zia Atahi, Ramak Bamzar, Chris Barry, Yashodha Boopalan, Renee Broders, Lina Buck, Khoi Bui, Emil Canita, Aletheia Casey, Danica Chappell, Saville Coble, Renato Colangelo, Michael Corridore, Teva Cosic, Zo Damage, Lucas Davidson, J Davies, Rianon Dillon, Ella Dreyfus, Jo Duck, Jennifer Eadie, Michele Elliot, Robert Fielding, Axel Garay, Juno Gemes, Michaela Gleave, Jody Haines, Siri Hayes, Andrew Hazewinkel, Anna Higgins, Naomi Hobson, Yasmin Idriss, Minami Ivory, Natasha Johns-Messenger, Ayman Kaake, Kate Kennedy, Shea Kirk, Janet Laurence, Kirsten Lyttle, Judith Martinez Estrada, Mia McDonald, Rod McNicol, Stavros Messinis, Kent Morris, James Nguyen, Deborah Paauwe, Amanda Page, Trent Parke, Travis Paterson, Minh-An Pham, Diego Pizarro, Patrick Pound, Cameron Robbins, Joan Ross, Helga Salwe, Jessica Schwientek, Greg Semu, Talia Smith, Cecilia Sordi Campos, Tace Stevens, Nathan Stolz, Darren Tanny Tan, Angela     Tiatia, Wani Toaishara, James Tylor, Justin Varga, Alex Walker, Amanda Williams, Rudi Williams, Amy Woodward, Jemima Wyman, William Yang

With large-scale installations through to meticulous daguerreotypes, the shortlisted works canvass sculptural, digital and analogue photography. The pool of finalists demonstrates the expansive and captivating range of creative photographic work being made in Australia today. The winner of the prize will win $30,000 and their work will be acquired into MAPh’s collection; the judges will also select three Honourable Mentions, thanks to Colour Factory. The artist selected for the Wai Tang Commissioning Award will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to exhibit a body of work throughout next year’s Bowness Photography Prize season. The Camera House People’s Choice winner will be awarded a prize pool worth $5000: voting will commence from the exhibition’s opening night on Thursday 12 September 2024, at Museum of Australian Photography, 860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill VIC.