Semi Finalists Announced – Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize


The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is one of Australia’s most coveted photography prizes and we are pleased to announced the semi-­finalists of this year’s competition.

Close to 3000 photographs were submitted for consideration and the judges have narrowed this down to 230 semi-­finalists. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including a $50,000 first prize. This year, the range of subjects in the semi-­finalist list is broad, with photographers invited to tell a story of how they experience living in Australia; places,people and lifestyle that make our lovable country quintessentially Australian.

The 2019 MCPP is being judged by Cheryl Newman and Jon Jones and this year they are joined by Australian photographer, artist and filmmaker Stephen Dupont. Cheryl Newman is a respected international photographer and curator and Jon Jones is a celebrated international photojournalist and photo editor.

Cheryl Newman commented on the judging of the semi-­finalists: “Powerful landscapes and infinite skies provide a back drop for family life and a sense of community which open up this conversation about Australian daily life. The challenge facing the photographer is to capture moments that will enlighten, provoke, amuse, and move the viewer. For the judges, to find the winner from nearly 3000 images entered into the competition. With many exceptional entries it calls for tough choices to be made, it has been a rich and rewarding experience so far.”

Stephen Dupont said: “Judging this year’s semi-­finalists was an epic challenge. It’s a bit like holding your breath under water and each time you come up for air you are graced with a surprising and poetic moment in Australian photography. I am looking for the imperfections and uniqueness emotionally that only photography can give”.

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) was established in 2007 by the Moran Arts Foundation and it awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still, photo-­based artwork -­ including analogue and digital photography or staged and directorial photo-­media work.

As part of their ongoing commitment to the arts, The Moran Arts Foundation has hosted free photography workshops in schools around Australia for many years. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize also includes student categories and this year’s Student Prizes will be judged by Sally Mayman (Years K-­6), Nicki Jackson (Years 7-­8), Jim Filmer (Years 9-­10) and Louise Whelan (Years 11-­12).  Almost 6000 entries were received in the student categories.

The finalists of this year’s prize will be announced on Wednesday 3 April. The winner of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be announced on Tuesday 7 May. The Moran Contemporary Photographic Exhibition opens on Saturday 4 May and runs until Sunday 2 June at Juniper Hall in Paddington.



2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Open Semi-Finalists:

First Name Last name City, Suburb or Town State Artwork Title
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW Double life
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW Breaky Before Dawn
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW The Yards
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW Young Ringer
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW Pet cow
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW The Help
Matthew Abbott Manly NSW Dust and Sweat
Marian Abboud Granville NSW Crying the Ocean
Michele Aboud Surry Hills NSW Daniel
Peter Adams Katoomba NSW President of the AIPP
Peter Adams Katoomba NSW Adam Scarf Photographer
Jenna Agius Currumbin Qld Waiting Game
Scott Andrews Queenscliff Vic Holden Dave
Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario Sydney NSW Lamin Tucker’s Children
Sarah Barker Newtown NSW Matilda
Janie Barrett COOGEE NSW Pokie Addiction
John Benavente Mt Warrigal NSW Fernando Fishing
Simon Bernhardt Camperdown NSW Greater Western Sydney
Simon Bernhardt Camperdown NSW Portrait of Matthew, Live Export Driver, Kangaroo Island
Madeline Bishop Brunswick Vic An Alternate Reality Where I Never Put you Down
Paul Blackmore Tamarama NSW Heat
Paul Blackmore Tamarama NSW Immersion
Paul Blackmore Tamarama NSW Heat 2
James Brickwood North Curl Curl NSW Friends
Megan Broadbent Lane Cove North NSW Matriarch
Millie Brown Unley Park SA Zoe and Matilda
Tanja Bruckner Sydney NSW Emma II
Chris Budgeon Elsternwick Vic No One Plays Here Anymore
Chris Budgeon Elsternwick Vic Stumble
Chris Budgeon Elsternwick Vic Tom and Orlando on a Sunny Day
Alfonso Calero Lane Cove NSW Community
Ross Calia Fitzroy North Vic Hazel Isn’t Tired
Dave Carswell Kew Vic Gold Coast
Narelle Carter Kogarah Bay NSW Timeshare 2019
Rebecca Carter Newcastle NSW Blended
Aletheia Casey Callala Bay NSW Ella
Brian Cassey Stratford Qld Tomotaro On The Block
Brian Cassey Stratford Qld Rain Over Black Mountain
Aaron Chapman Southport Qld Todd & Alana (2018)
Rachel Clarke Kalgoorlie WA Breathing Rain
Mike Clements Frenchs Forest NSW When you Wear the White Jump-Suit you are Elvis
Tim Coad Tranmere Tas Her
Adrian Cook Stanmore NSW Alexis Okeowo
Adrian Cook Stanmore NSW Elizabeth
Adrian Cook Stanmore NSW Sam & Mark
Fiona D’Alessandro Adelong NSW Dust
Dean Dampney Lake Tabourie NSW Boys
Karen Davis MCCULLYS GAP NSW Old Man Reminiscing’
Karen Davis MCCULLYS GAP NSW The Weathered Farmer
Gitama Day Murwillumbah NSW The Art of  Making Paper Planes
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW The Waterhole
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Howl
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Jack
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Slip n Slide
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Next in line
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Tree Notches
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Staring Competition
Tamara Dean Cambewarra NSW Endangered
Yask Desai Melbourne Vic Sailor, Craigieburn, 2018
Damian Dillon Sydney NSW My Sadness at her forgetting
Melissa Drummond Lamington WA Christmas Night, West Kalgoorlie
Sarah Dugan Walgett NSW Ghosts and Memories Live Here Too
Jenny Evans Sydney NSW Our Darling is Dying
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 1
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 2
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 4
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 5
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Filipino Immigrants, Pyramid Hill
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 6
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 7
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Ned Kelly Impersonator, South Australia
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 8
Adam Ferguson Newport NSW Drought 10
Sam Ferris Newtown NSW King Street, November 2018
Sam Ferris Newtown NSW Manly Ferry, June 2018
Sam Ferris Newtown NSW From the B1, Narrabeen, August 2018.
Ian Flanders Sydney NSW Gerringong Boat Harbour III
Christian Fletcher Dunsborough WA Looking for shade
Mark Forbes Black Rock Vic Siblings
Jon Frank Kangaroo Valley NSW Harry Jones, Stockman. Yuendumu, NT; 2019
Alex Frayne NORTH ADELAIDE SA Celebration
Camilla French EINASLEIGH Qld The Playground
Camilla French EINASLEIGH Qld Summertime
Nicholas Garcia Surry Hills NSW Girl looking out of the window
Adam Gibson Lindisfarne Tas Life on station
Dean Golja Upwey Vic The Australian
Jesse Grant Chatsworth Qld Suburban Rhapsody
Mike Gray Fremantle WA This monkey’s gone to heaven
Katherine Griffiths Kensington NSW A Simple Love
Natalie Grono Lennox Head NSW The Gift
Natalie Grono Lennox Head NSW Cooling
Liz Ham St Peters NSW  Self Portrait with First Born (Pre Partum Post)
Sam Harris Balingup WA Sean
Sam Harris Balingup WA Sisters 2018
Sam Harris Balingup WA Yali, combing accident
Sam Harris Balingup WA Uma & Yali
Sam Harris Balingup WA The Little Ones at the Circus Festival
Simon Harsent Marrickville NSW Summer
Matt Harvey Parkdale Vic Wreck
Andy Hatton Collingwood Vic Man-Gala
Sahlan Hayes KANGALOON NSW The End
Bronwen Healy BITTERN Vic After the Race
Leigh Henningham Elwood Vic Cat and a Hot Tin Roof
Greg Hillman Kuranda Qld James 4:14
Lachie Hinton Alexandria NSW Portrait of Iranian Refugee on Nauru
Lisa Hogben Ingebirah NSW Ngarigo Woman
Alana Holmberg BRUNSWICK Vic Greta and Jeremy by Edgars Creek
Mark Hopper Box Hill Vic Cupid – The Flying Cupid of Venus Bay
Alexander Housalas Sylvania NSW Saver of Life
Alexander Housalas Sylvania NSW The Bondi
Max Howe Katoomba NSW Directions
Jessica Hromas Paddington NSW Angela Penrith
Glenn Hunt STAFFORD Qld How To Make Gravy
chris ireland Asquith NSW Jonathan
chris ireland Asquith NSW Cultivation
Chris Ireland Asquith NSW Jonathan Study 1
Sean Izzard Cronulla NSW Cowboy
Sean Izzard Cronulla NSW Cowboys
Marieka Jacobs Kangaroo Valley NSW Girls on Balcony
Ketakii Jewson-Brown Maleny Qld Down By The Line
Mike Keevers Potts Point NSW Market Street, 2018
Todd Kennedy Ryde NSW Living the dream
Todd Kennedy Ryde NSW Plastic Shoreline
James Kerr Fremantle WA At the Shopping Centre Carpark
Isabella Kerstens Newport NSW Tanline
Charlie Kinross Eltham Vic Hilary Finch
Charlie Kinross Eltham Vic Chan Nyok
Charlie Kinross Eltham Vic Riverside Station
Joseph Koh Sydney NSW Revelry
Ashlee Laing Tallangatta Vic Tallangatta
Sandra Lamonaca Coburg North Vic Backyard Cricket
Dean Lewins Stanwell Park NSW 100% Drought
Dean Lewins Stanwell Park NSW Mismanaging Menindee
Max Mason-Hubers Lambton NSW Home
Jonathan May Sydney NSW Sal and Claudia
Wendy McDougall Maroubra NSW Don’t Kill Live Music
Joseph McGlennon Sydney NSW Dark Wings
Charles McKean Woollahra NSW Mum’s Last Breath
Trent Mitchell Gold Coast Qld Jack Macrae. Inner Atlas, 2018.
Trent Mitchell Gold Coast Qld Robert Sherwood. Inner Atlas, 2018.
Trent Mitchell Gold Coast Qld Jack Macrae. Inner Atlas, 2018.
Nicholas Moir Newport NSW Death on the Darling
Graham Monro Leichhardt NSW Christmas
Rachel Mounsey Mallacoota Vic Between Acts
Justine Muller Sydney NSW Uncle Badger Bates- Barkandji Elder and River actavist
Cameron Neville GUANABA Qld Last Drinks
Alexandra Nielsen Carlton North Vic Swimming with Barramundi
Alexandra Nielsen Carlton North Vic Back Porch Kangaroo
Rosalie Nilson Darling Point NSW Insouciance
Naomi Norris MUSWELLBROOK NSW The Story Teller
Jake Nowakowski Eltham Vic Hungry Flock
Tajette O’Halloran Reservoir Vic Untitled
Tajette O’Halloran Reservoir Vic Untitled
Tajette O’Halloran Reservoir Vic Untitled
Tajette O’Halloran Reservoir Vic Untitled
Susan Papazian NORTH WAHROONGA NSW The Backyard Portrait
Alexandrena Parker Upper Beaconsfield Vic Unsupervised at The Broken Hill Housewives Association
Pamela Pauline Mona Vale NSW Last Light
Emma Phillips KENSINGTON Vic Diane washing dishes at her father’s house
Emma Phillips KENSINGTON Vic Untitled (Denise and Diane twinning)
Emma Phillips KENSINGTON Vic Untitled (Lucy at Sammy’s House)
Brydie Piaf Adamstown Heights NSW Sunday
Brydie Piaf Adamstown Heights NSW Vera
David Porteus Yarraville Vic Pretty Ugly Eleanor
Joel Pratley Redfern NSW Simone
Joel Pratley Redfern NSW My Brother & His Family
Joel Pratley Redfern NSW Fayez & Abs
Jonathan Pui Castlecrag NSW Rush Hour
Wayne Quilliam Hopetoun Park Vic Cultural Evolution
Peter Rae Coogee NSW #climatechange 2
Mark Raffety Bentleigh East Vic Bronson. Melbourne. November 2018. Young Aboriginal artist and Man of Action
Gary Ramage Dickson SA Dad’s Alzheimers
Asanka Brendon Ratnayake Melbourne Vic Kaleb the Aboriginal Bull Rider
Alberto Monte Rego Teneriffe Qld Danielle, under the clouds of the sea #2
Alberto Monte Rego Teneriffe Qld Jade in the pool #1
Madelena Rehorek Brunswick West Vic Kaif
Jon Reid Lambton NSW Trial Bay Snorkel Posse
Johannes Reinhart Doubleview WA Junction
Johannes Reinhart Doubleview WA Snow in Perth
Sarah Rhodes Newstead Tas Identical twins on the spectrum
Tess Rice Burwood East Vic Into The Music
Hayden Richards Elliston SA Lost at Sea
Hayden Richards Elliston SA The White Highway
Hayden Richards Elliston SA Mid Summer Madness
Lindsay Roberts Sale Vic Oscar and Lucinda (Bridget)
Chris Round Bellevue Hill NSW Near Bronte, NSW
Sandra Ryan Sapphire Qld Temporary Permanent
Russell Shakespeare Currumbin Valley Qld Currumbin Valley Rock Pool
Stephanie Simcox Glenbrook NSW The Reservoir
Peter Solness Maroubra NSW Gavin Wilson and Maggy Todd – Warry’s Cottage Hill End NSW 2018
Peter Solness Maroubra NSW The Night Garden (Haefligers Cottage Series #5) Hill End NSW 2018
Prue Stent Coburg Vic In-Her-It
Tristan Still Enmore NSW Serwah
Tristan Still Enmore NSW Raynen
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Anna and Nungarrayi
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Barkly Work Camp
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Fatma, Sydney
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic General Store
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Joanne and Anthony
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Irene, Lajamanu
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Moroopna Mosque
Nathan Stolz Brunswick Vic Lollipop Lane
Nicola Stone Palmwoods Qld Golden Hour
Ryan Stuart Newtown NSW Emu, Mica Street
Ryan Stuart Newtown NSW Storm, Mundi Mundi
Cassie Sullivan South Hobart Tas Mum 02
Jason Thomas Claremont WA After the Show
Jason Thomas Claremont WA Who Talks For My Country Now?
Noah Thompson Footscray Vic Susan
Tobias Titz Brunswick Vic Ute country
Tobias Titz Brunswick Vic Joseph Lane
Craig Tuffin BANORA POINT NSW Me Too
Craig Tuffin BANORA POINT NSW Plastic Homicide
Abigail Varney Brunswick East Vic Totem
Alex Vaughan Castlecrag NSW On The Cusp
Alex Vaughan Castlecrag NSW Sumbawa Pride – Down The Hatch
Belle Verdiglione Wembley WA Amber
David Wadelton Northcote Vic Pascoe Vale South bedroom
Hilary Walker RESERVOIR Vic Canary For Sale
Hilary Wardhaugh Queanbeyan NSW Women’s Campdraft Queanbeyan Rodeo
Drew WheelerM elbourne Vic Rusty Landscape
Drew Wheeler Melbourne Vic Red Board Bells
Drew Wheeler Melbourne Vic Sunbather
Les Williamson Elwood Vic Stranded
Felix Wilson Marrickville NSW 6ft.13in
Rebecca Wiltshire Wembley Downs WA O
Rebecca Wiltshire Wembley Downs WA Dog Beach
Marta Yebra Canberra ACT Water heads
Toby Zerna Denistone East NSW Ballet boots
Yb Perth WA Inside