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OptiKA - Kingston Photographic Award

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Formerly known as Lens Mist, this reinvigorated photographic award encourages bold and diverse participation through new award categories and a dynamic theme. In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the award has evolved with its audience and participants and, for the first time, will feature a video entry category.

In 2018, photographers and video-makers will respond to the multilayered theme Architecture, space and home with images set within Kingston.  


Best Photograph, $5,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin (please note, portraits are also eligible for the Best Photograph Award)

People's Choice Award, $1,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin

Portrait Award, $1,000 sponsored by the City of Kingston

Video Award, $500 sponsored by the City of Kingston

Entries will be exhibited at G1 and G2, Kingston Arts Centre in December during The Makers Festival and at DFO Moorabbin in May 2019.  


Watch this space

We strongly encourage anyone with an interest in photography to get involved. Get in touch with us at if you have any queries or would like to join our new Facebook group for photographers. There will also be a series of photography professional development workshops, full details can be found here.



Please note there are three stages of entry:

  • 1. payment through the Kingston Arts website.
  • 2. Payment confirmation and entry hyperlink received.
  • 3. photographic submission via drop box or usb.

While multiple entries are allowed (with a maximum of three entries per artist), you will be required to make a separate payment for each photograph submitted. Please see the full OptiKA terms and conditions for full submission details. 

The 2018 curatorial committee will be announced shortly. 


OptiKA 2018 is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: DFO Moorabbin, QMS Media and Ray White Moorabbin. 


Entries open 1 May, 9am
Entries close 1 October, 5pm


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin


Adult entry fee: $25, Youth entry fee: $15

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2018 OptiKA Terms and Conditions

OptiKA 2018 Parent/Guardian Photographic and Video Permission Form

We thank our sponsors: 

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QMS Media logo
Ray White Moorabbin