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OptiKA 2019 Photographic Award


This dynamic Photographic survey showcases Kingston as you've never seen it before!  

In light of current government and health directives concerning Covid-19, the OptiKA 2019 exhibition will no longer be held at DFO Moorabbin. The final leg of the exhibition will commence with an online exhibition, featuring all participant entries and an online voting system for the People's Choice Award.  The exhibition will provide a diverse and fascinating snapshot of the area, from well-known icons to hidden treasures. Casting your vote for your favourite photograph through the People's Choice Award will put you in the running to win a $250 DFO Moorabbin gift voucher. 



Congratulations to all those who entered last year's Award as well as last year's well deserved prize winners, listed below. 


Best Photograph Award: $4,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin - Winner, Wei Fu, Recall, Moorabbin Aviation Museum, 2019. 

Highly Commended Best Photograph Award, $250 sponsored by the City of Kingston  - Winner Nathan Giles, Mulkarra Drive, Edithvale, 2019. 

People's Choice Award: $1,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin - Voting closes 1 June!

Portrait Award: $1,000 sponsored by City of Kingston - Winner, Matt Harvey, Of Another Time, Edithvale Wetlands, 2019.

Highly Commended Portrait Award, $250 sponsored by the City of Kingston - Winner, Rebecca Marshall, When I Grow Up, 2019. 


2019 Curatorial Committee:

This year's Curatorial Committee members included Shane Hulbert, Associate Dean Photography at RMIT, Dr Debbie Symmons, interdisciplinary artist and Monash University lecturer, 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.