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OptiKA - Kingston Photographic Award




OptiKA: Kingston Photographic Award 2018 Exhibition

Venue: G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin
Exhibition: Monday 3 December - Saturday 12 January 2019 before travelling to DFO Moorabbin for exhibition from 10 - 23 April 2019.  

OptiKA: Kingston Photographic Award 2018 features over 50 new images responding to the theme 'Architecture, Space and Home' by photographers and video artists of all ages and experience.

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 have responded to the multilayered theme Architecture, space and home with images set within Kingston.  


Congratulations to our award winners! Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open! Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite work.

Best Photograph, $4000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin

Aidan Calabria, 6:20pm

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

Voting now open! Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite work.

Portrait Award, $1000 sponsored by the City of Kingston

Matt Harvey, Fritz's Space

Video Award, $500 sponsored by the City of Kingston (shared)

Philippa Rayment, The Fig Tree Is Waiting

Chris Wilkie, A Sunrise Flight               

Highly Commended (Best Portrait)

Genevieve Batrouney, Playing In My Backyard

Highly Commended (Best Photograph)

Robert Donat, Lost memories

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. 


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


Exhibition: Wednesday 10 April - Tuesday 23 April 2019 - DFO Moorabbin.


DFO Moorabbin,

250 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham


FREE entry to exhibition

The 2018 OptiKA competition is now closed.  Stay tuned for the 2019 OptiKA theme, and how to register for this year's competition!


We thank our sponsors: 

DFO Moorabbin logo
QMS Media logo
Ray White Moorabbin