The Bowness Photography Prize is a $30,000 acquisitive prize held annually by the Museum of Australian Photography. It is one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes and is an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practices in Australia. Established in 2006 by Bill Bowness AO it is an open entry prize and showcases work by emerging and established artists.
Anne Zahalka won the 2023 William and Winifred Bowness photography prize for her work Kunstkammer, which references the trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) painting technique to replicate the artist’s studio.
The Museum of Australian Photography is the Australian home of photography. Located in Wheelers Hill, it is Australia’s leading public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibition of photography and engaging local, national and international audiences in arts and cultural experiences. BFF has been a long-term supporter, providing support for exhibitions, international tours, publications, and digitisation of the collection.
PHOTO Australia is a new vision for photography in Australia. Held Biennially, Photo 2024 showcases 100 free exhibitions across Victoria, connecting Australia with the international photography community and galvanising Melbourne’s role as a global hub for photography and visual art. BFF is proud to be a founding and ongoing partner.
A BFF gift to the National Gallery of Victoria in 2008 established the Bowness Family Foundation Fund for Photography, the first endowment focused on photography. The fund has assisted in acquiring more than 50 works for the collection, including a focus on significant international photographers. Works acquired have featured in the 2017 and 2020 triennials and other exhibitions, including a major Bill Henson exhibition in 2017 and Real and Imagined in 2024.