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OptiKA 2020: Online

2020 Theme: ‘Connection’

The OptiKA 2020 Photographic Award is now online. Photographers and video makers of all skill levels were invited to showcase images of Kingston that responded to the creative and timely theme of 'Connection'. The 113 entries provide an emotive and diverse snapshot of the Kingston community during the COVID 19 pandemic, which saw photographers capture everything from well-known settings to intimate domestic scenes, within their permitted 5km travel zone during Melbourne lock down. 

Congratulations to this year’s well-deserved Prize Winners:

  • Mark Forbes - Best Photograph Award, $4,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin
    *Please note: Due to a location technicality, Andrew Ng’s entry ‘Waiting for’ is not eligible for OptiKA 2020. Therefore cannot be awarded the Best Photograph Award. The Curatorial Committee reconvened and announced this outcome.  
  • Amelia Jewell - Portrait Award, $1,000 sponsored by DFO Moorabbin
  • Emily Gough, Video Award, $500 sponsored by Kingston City Council

 OptiKA 2020 exhibitions

OptiKA 2020 will be exhibited at Kingston Arts Centre over Summer, come say hi and check out the show! 

Venue: G2, Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin VIC 3189
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 - 5pm
Exhibition dates: Wed 16 December 2020 – Sat 27 February 2021

In the final leg of OptiKA 2020, the exhibition will travel to DFO Moorabbin! 

Venue: DFO Moorabbin, 250 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport VIC 3194. (Exhibition will be located via the entrance off Grange Road, Moorabbin near Tarocash, Bonds and Volcom stores.)
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Exhibition dates: Tuesday 9 March – Sunday 4 April 2021


VOTE NOW: People's choice award

Click on the above link to vote for your favourite entry through the People's Choice Award to go into the running to win a $250 DFO Moorabbin gift voucher! The entrant with the most votes will win a prize of $1,000, sponsored by DFO Moorabbin. Voting closes Monday 12 April 2021. The winner will be announced on Monday 26 April 2021 via our website, Facebook and Instagram. Pending COVID restrictions we hope to exhibit OptiKA 2020 instore at DFO Moorabbin in March 2021.

For enquiries please contact:


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


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