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OptiKA 2020 - Kingston Photographic Award

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photographers and videographers of all skill levels are invited to capture images of kingston that respond to the evocative theme of 'Connection'. 

Entries are now open for the OptiKA – Kingston Photographic Award!

Now in its 12th year, OptiKA is one of Kingston Arts most popular programs, enhanced by the accessibility of the medium - now that most people have a mobile phone, they also have a camera!

Images must be taken within a Kingston City Council location. Please submit your entry via Dropbox, please refer to the Terms and Conditions document (located to the right on this page) for image/video format requirements and full details on submitting your entry. 

Entries close: midnight, Monday 19 October 2020 (No late entries will be accepted)

Check out this year's Online Professional Development Workshops.


Best Photograph Award: $4,000 - sponsored by DFO Moorabbin

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

Portrait Award: $1,000 -  sponsored by DFO Moorabbin 

Video Award: $500 - sponsored by Kingston Arts

OptiKA 2020 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsor, DFO Moorabbin. 

2020 Curatorial Committee 

This year's Curatorial Committee members will be Professor Daniel Palmer, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University, Nina Ross, video, performance and photography artist and freelance photographer, filmmaker and educator Rachel Main. 

Image courtesy of Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer is writer, lecturer and researcher on contemporary art and cultural theory, with a particular emphasis on photography and digital media. He is currently Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University. Palmer’s book publications include Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing (Bloomsbury 2017); Digital Light (Open Humanities Press, 2015), edited with Sean Cubitt and Nathaniel Tkacz; The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Intellect 2015), edited with Anne Marsh and Melissa Miles; Twelve Australian Photo Artists (Piper Press, 2009), co-authored with Blair French. Palmer has been the recipient of various awards and grants, most recently the ARC Discovery Project ‘Curating Photography in the Age of Photosharing' (2015-2017) with Martyn Jolly, with whom a book is forthcoming on the history of Australian photography exhibitions to be published by Perimeter Press. Palmer is also co-curator of a forthcoming exhibition at RMIT Gallery, The Image Looks Back.


Image courtesy of Nina Ross

Nina Ross works on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nations. Her practice draws on individual experiences to interrogate the use of visual and textual language within political and personal spheres. Recent exhibitions include That Takes Balls (Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2019), MARS Gallery (2019), Converse (Boxcopy, Brisbane, 2018) and State of the Union (Ian Potter Museum, 2018). Nina has a broad collaborative practice which includes co founding the Artists' Committee (2017) and Arts union (2019). Currently, Nina collaborated to create a survey for visual artists and art workers based in Australia to provide information to develop a picture of the socio-economics, increasingly important and urgent given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sector and the continuation of federal funding cuts. Additionally, Nina has conducted research with artists Jessie Scott and Lizzy Sampson, that proposes practical ways in which galleries and the industry can support working artists who are also parents.

Image courtesy of Rachel Main

Rachel Main (Shuttermain) is a photographer, filmmaker and educator based in Melbourne. For over a decade, she has been documenting the culture and the lives of Krump dancers in Melbourne and Australia. This work has been exhibited in Melbourne as well as Sydney’s Head On Photography Festival, named as a semi-finalist in the Moran Prize, shortlisted in the Australian Photography Awards, published in Blow Up magazine and collected by the State Library of Victoria and for private collections. Her video 'Women Who Buck' won the Judges Award at the 2019 Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Rachel is a secondary school Photography, Art and Studio Arts teacher, with 14 years of experience and also facilitates photography and filmmaking workshops.

Free Photography Courses

Kingston Libraries offers free online courses, for beginners, through to advance. To access free photography workshops and tutorials:

  1. Sign up to Kingston Libraries. You don’t have to be a Kingston resident to sign up and can join online in just a few minutes.
  2. Head to the eLibrary section on the Kingston Libraries website, and scroll down to the section to access the online learning library.
  3. Enter your Library Card Number and Library Card Pin and search for available courses (there are over 700!). Some of our suggested courses are below:
    • Photography 101
    • Foundations of Photography Composition
    • Learn Portrait Photography Basics 
    • Photographing Kids & Families
    • Seizing Golden Opportunities
    • Silhouette Photography

To access courses, you’ll need to sign in using your library card number and pin.

Don’t forget to use your new skills to enter OptiKA 2020!






Exhibition: 11 November to 14 December 2020 (pending government restrictions)


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


FREE ENTRY (maximum of 3 entries per photographer)

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