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OptiKA 2019 - Kingston Photographic Award



Building on the success of last year's Award, OptiKA 2019 invites photographers and video makers of all capabilities to capture images of Kingston that respond to the creative theme of 'Time'. 


Best Photography Award: $4,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin 

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

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

Video Award: $500 sponsored by the City of Kingston 

entries open: 

Tuesday 4 June 

entries close;

Tuesday 15 October 

Image: Shuttermain Photography, 2018. 


Professional development workshops:

For those who would like to further develop their technical expertise and explore new locations across Kingston, Peter Merriner, photographer and former finalist in various Kingston photographic competitions, will be running 'Walk and Shoot' workshops in July, August and September. To find out more and to book your place click here.

2019 Curatorial Committee:

This year we are excited to announce that Shane Hulbert, Associate Dean Photography at RMIT, will lead the OptiKA Curatorial Committee, alongside interdisciplinary artist and Monash University lecturer, Dr Debbie Symons, and digital media artist, Yandell Walton


Image courtesy of Yandell Walton

Yandell Walton

Yandell Walton’s practice addresses human relationships with the physical systems of the planet by interrogating shifting environments caused by climate change. By using digital technology in the production and presentation of works, she aims to highlight the current technological climate and raise questions around its effect on our rapidly changing world. Through creating immersive works that connect to the viewer, her installations aim to engage and inspire action from individuals towards a collective consciousness within an ever-changing and increasingly damaged planet. 

Yandell is an accomplished contemporary artist exhibiting regularly in non-traditional and public spaces both in Australia and Internationally. Recent public art commissions include; ‘Digital Agora’ Nillimbik Shire Council (2018-2019), ‘Departed’ in regional New South Wales (2016), ’Absent Presence’ in Townsville (2014) ‘Transition’ in Melbourne (2014). Her work has been part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival 2017 (Melbourne), Light City Baltimore (2016), Digital Graffiti Florida (2015), Experimenta Speak to Me (Melbourne & Brisbane 2012-14), PUBLIC Festival Perth (2014), Melbourne Festival (2012), VIVID Festival Sydney (2013), ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art 2013) and White Night Festival Melbourne (2013/15).

Shane Hulbert

Image courtesy of Shane Hulbert

Shane Hulbert

Shane Hulbert is a Melbourne based artist, curator and academic. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, most notably at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), both in Melbourne, Australia and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. He is currently Associate Dean, Photography, at RMIT University in the School of Art, where he lectures in photography. He writes on contemporary art and art education, and his photographic practice explores the expression of a collective national Australian identity through distinct and popular iconography that connects place, history and culture.   


Image credit: Jo Harkin

DR Debbie Symons

Dr Debbie Symons is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work addresses a range of themes, including humanity's complicated relationship with the natural environment, the dynamics of the global political economy and the effects of consumer culture. With a strong research base in contemporary science and species, Symons collaborates with scientific organisations such as the IUCN Red List to facilitate the statistical data pertaining to her works. She utilises databases to investigate the links between these themes through the appropriation of mass media communication vehicles.

Symons' works have shown internationally; The International Urban Screen Association, The Streaming Museum, New York and Galerie Prodromus, Paris. Locally, Symons' has exhibited her works at [MARS] Gallery, Craft Victoria, Linden New Art, RMIT Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery. Her works are held in a number of private collections within Australia.  She recently completed the inaugural Carlton Connect residency for the City of Melbourne as part of the CLIMARTE Art+Climate=Change 2015 Festival and exhibited in ARTCOP21, the artistic response to the COP21 talks in Paris, New York and Melbourne.

OptiKA 2019 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsor, DFO Moorabbin. 




Exhibition: 5 December 2019 - 4 January 2020


Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale

64 Parkers Road, Parkdale


Entry: $25 full price (over 18 years), $15 youth (under 18 years)


OptiKA 2019 Parent Guardian Photographic-and Video Permission Form

 2019 OptiKA Terms and Conditions 

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