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Lens Mist 2017

Lens Mist photography award and exhibition 2017

Lens Mist Photography Award and Exhibition 2017 invites artists to capture an image that evokes Port Phillip Bay while responding to the theme our changing environment.

Artists are encouraged to take a photograph that communicates a sense of place rather than just the place itself. Artists are asked to think creatively, be original and demonstrate technique.

Artists have the chance to be featured in an exhibition and win a share of over $7,000 worth of prizes, and also have the opportunity to sell their works.

Entries are judged by a Curatorial Committee of industry professionals and the top 20 finalists’ works are printed by CPL Digital, framed by Studio Craft Frameworks, and exhibited at Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival, DFO Moorabbin and G3 Artspace.

The winners of the Best Photograph Awards are selected by the Curatorial Committee while the People’s Choice Award is open to voting by the public during the exhibition. By voting, members of the public have the chance to win the Voter’s Award. All artworks are also available for purchase by the public.


Best Photograph (18+): $5,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin

People’s Choice Award: $2,000 sponsored by City of Kingston

Junior Best Photograph (13-17): $500 sponsored by City of Kingston

Voter's Award: $250 sponsored by City of Kingston 


The Lens Mist 2017 exhibition is on now. Support emerging and local artists by purchasing an artwork or voting for your favourite in the People's Choice Award for your chance to win $250!

Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival: Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 March 2017

Opening hours: 11am - 6pm

DFO Moorabbin: Thursday 16 - Monday 27 March 2017

Opening hours: Daily 10am - 6pm

G3 Artspace: Saturday 1 - Saturday 22 April 2017

Opening hours: Weds - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 12 - 5pm

*Please note: votes can only be cast in person by viewing the exhibition at the Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival and DFO Moorabbin. Artworks are available for purchase until the conclusion of the exhibition at G3 Artspace.

top 20 finalists

Aimee Le Fevre, Bridgette Dwyer, Dale van Iersel, Damian Guiney, Dianna Wells, Gabriel Cali, Gigi Williams, Greg Earl, Jamie Cetraro, Jarred Reid, Joanne Piechota, John Parkinson, Leigh Lambert, Liza Clements, Mark Cribbes, Mark Forbes, Matt Trewin, Rhiannon Slatter, Sarah Bell, Simon Milder.

curatorial committee

David Wadelton, Photographer

David Wadelton is a Melbourne-based photographer who holds a Diploma of Fine Art from the Preston Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Art from the Phillip Institute of Technology. David has had 27 solo shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth since 1984. He is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne. David founded the Northcote Hysterical Society blog in 2008.

David was selected for Melbourne Art Trams project, Melbourne Festival 2013; included in Far-Famed City of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2013; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013-14; Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2014; and contributed to Walker Evans: Magazine Work, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2016.

David is represented in collections including National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Monash University; Latrobe University; Box Hill City Council; Artbank; University of Queensland Art Museum; City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; State Library of Victoria; Nillumbik Shire Council; McClelland Art Gallery; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Geelong Art Gallery; Australian Opera; Banyule City Council; Hamilton Regional Art Gallery; Edith Cowan University, plus private collections in Australia, South-East Asia and the USA.

Stella Loftus-Hills, Curator, Monash Gallery of Art

Stella Loftus-Hills studied art history and practice as well as art curatorship at the University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2003 and a Master of Art Curatorship in 2008. Within her studies Stella concentrated on modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on photography. While studying, Stella worked in the visitor and membership services department at Heide Museum of Modern Art and completed an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Stella has worked at MGA since 2008. During this time, Stella has managed the front of house and volunteer program, curated and coordinated exhibitions and assisted with collection development and research.

Michelle James, Acting Visual Arts Coordinator, Kingston Arts

Michelle James is an artist, writer and arts administrator, currently acting in the role of Visual Arts Coordinator at Kingston Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Monash Art, Design & Architecture. Her studio practice combines object-making, video, photography, text, drawing and collaboration. Her work focuses on critical and often playful investigations into site and its cultural significance, exploring the imperatives of continuous decolonisation. 

Congratulations to our winners!

Best Photograph (18+) - Leigh Lambert, Channelling, 2016



Junior Best Photograph (13-17) - Gabriel Cali, Hold Your Tongue, 2017



 People's Choice Award - Liza Clements, Without a Sound, 2016



Applications open: Monday 21 November 2016 - Monday 23 January 2017.
Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival exhibition: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2017.
DFO Moorabbin exhibition: Thursday 16 - Monday 27 March 2017.


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


Open (18+) entry fee: $25. Junior (13-17) entry fee: $15. There is no fee to view the exhibition or to vote in the People's Choice Award.


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