The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Exhibition and Award is a survey of contemporary documentary photography by Australian photographers, and provides a rare and valuable opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas which characterise documentary photography. It assumes documentary photography to be distinct from photojournalism, defined by a more contemplative approach to subject matter, and encourages work in essay format which develops themes across a series of photographs.
The exhibition will tour into the year 2001, visiting both regional Victorian and interstate venues. This year over two hundred and fifty entries were received from photographers Australia wide. Fifteen finalists were then selected, representing a mix of established and emerging practitioners, of varying age and background, helping to make the Leica/CCP Documentary Exhibition and Award an exciting and dynamic project. The winner of the Leica M6 camera and lenses valued at over $13,000 awarded for the most outstanding photo-essay, will be announced on opening night.
Finalists: Effy Alexakis, Philip andrews, Narelle Autio, Mark Baker, Donna Bailey, Max Creasy, Stephen Dupont, Lisa Fitzgerald, Ashley Gilbertson, Liz Ham, Tiet Ho, Steven Lojewski, Trent Parke, David Dare Parker, Jack Picone.
Judges: Kelly Gallatly, Senior Assistant Curator, Australian Photography, National Gallery of Australia; Robert McFarlane, Photographer and Critic, Sydney Morning Herald; John Storey, Lecturer in Photography, RMIT University
Image Credit: Max Creasy
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