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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, $4000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin (please note, portraits are also eligible for the Best Photograph Award)

People's Choice Award, $1000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin

Portrait Award, $1000 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.   

Curatorial Committee:

We are pleased to announce that photographer and visual artist, Pia Johnson, will sit on the 2018 OptiKA Curatorial Committee. Pia’s practice seeks to investigate issues about cultural difference, diaspora and identity. Pia has exhibited throughout Australia, the USA, Japan and Mexico, and her work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. Pia holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual arts) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne, and is currently a PhD (Art) candidate at RMIT University.

To view Pia’s work please visit her website:

Artist and curator, Nina Gilbert, will also sit on this year’s Curatorial Committee. Nina’s work develops from an interest in film, moving image and photography, and the existing challenges towards traditional forms of narrative within these methods. Pairing images from her own archive and using them alongside sourced imagery, the work often derives from banal actions and observations of the everyday.
Nina Gilbert studied Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating in 2014. She has exhibited her work in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Torino and Berlin – recent exhibitions include, Several beautiful angles at KINGS ARI (2018), **Crybaby Screening** at Outer Space, Brisbane (2018), Versions at Sutton Projects (2017), The image shadow... at Bus Projects (2016), Archiving and Fragmentation in the Digital Age with SOAP at Fort Delta (2015). She is a co-organiser of ‘recess’ an online platform for video and moving image works with Olivia Koh and Kate Meakin. 


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.


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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Ray White Moorabbin