The judges’ committee elected by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has chosen 26 finalists for the second Martin Kantor Portrait Prize.

Steve Young, ‘PK in the Bay, 2014’. © Steve Young.
Celebrating living Australians distinguished in art, letters, science, politics or sport, works by the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize finalists will be exhibited at the Ballarat Town Hall between 24 August and 20 October 2019. The prize winner will be announced on Sunday 25 August. Shortlisted photographers whose work will be on display are Alison Bennett, Chris Budgeon, Jeff Busby, Kelly Champion, Alex Ellinghausen, Robert Erp, Sonia Esposito, Ponch Hawkes, Shara Henderson, Sophia Hewson, Glenn Hunt, Penelope Hunt, Katrin Koenning, Kellie Leczinska, Kirsten Lyttle, Ellie Meade, Mia Mala McDonald, Rod McNicol, Christopher Polack, Allison Rose, Sanjeev Singh, Rodney Stewart, Tristan Still, Tobias Titz, Thuy Vy and Steve Young.
In another announcement, the  Ballarat International Foto Biennale  has announced the finalists for the inaugural Alane Fineman New Photography Award. This award places the focus on photographic artists working in the Asia Pacific region; seeking work garnering critical attention to bring before international audiences. The six finalists who will be exhibited within the 2019 core program are: Madeline Bishop (Australia), Grayson Cooke (Australia/NZ), Anton Gautama (Indonesia ), Kehan Lai (China), Hyungjo Moon (South Korea), and Yichen Zhou (China). The winner will be announced on Sunday 25 August.