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OptiKA: Kingston Photographic Award


Image credit: Matt HarveyHugo, digital photograph, Braeside Lakes, OptiKA 2020

Entries are now closed

Now in its 14th year, OptiKA is an award dedicated to excellence in contemporary photography, videography, and digital art. In 2022, the award has been opened to all artists living in Victoria. Over $9,000 of prize money will be awarded to finalists.

OptiKA 2022 invites photographers, videographers and digital artists of all ages and skill levels to respond to the creative theme of FOCUS ON 2030. 

The City of Kingston supports local climate action. It is supporting the community to transition to a more sustainable future with less greenhouse gas emissions. The theme, Focus on 2030, is designed to inspire and support our path to a zero emissions future. Considering this theme, what would you like your neighbourhood and community to look and feel like? 

Some ideas to inspire you from the City of Kingston's Climate & Ecological Emergency Response Plan could include:

  • zero emission buildings and homes
  • sustainable transport
  • low carbon industries of the future
  • carbon capture
  • green infrastructure
  • a low carbon diet
  • 20 minute neighbourhoods


  •  Open Entry Award: $4,000*
  •  Local Entry Award: $4,000*
  • People’s Choice Award $1,000*
  • People's Choice Voter Award will win a $250 gift voucher for Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall Moorabbin, the stunning factory conversion brewpub by award winning brewery Stomping Ground Brewing Co. With both indoor and outdoor spaces including a huge beer garden, a kids cubby house, a 120 person function room, 25+ rotating craft beer taps, and a state of the art kitchen, Stomping Ground's newest venue is family friendly, dog friendly and everything in between.


*Each winner will also receive a free textile recycling collection (1 box up to 10kg) from UPPAREL.

UPPAREL is a locally based sustainable business who are leaders within the circular economy. Their mission is to reduce the number of textiles that end up in landfill due to garment overproduction and a lack of adequate recycling and upcycling initiatives. They believe that sustainability leads to success for everyone and in 2020 they were the National Retail Association Sustainability Champion of the year. UPPAREL operate as change-makers, not only for the community but also for the next generation. 




Entrants will be featured in an exhibition at the Kingston Arts Centre in 2022.


We are excited to announce that our Curatorial Committee will include Fiona Armstrong, Anna Madeleine Raupach and Alex Meagher.


Fiona Armstrong is Founder and Executive Director of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) whose mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action. She is the lead author of most of CAHA’s publications 2010-2020, and conceived and led many of its impactful projects, including as architect of the world’s first Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia (2017); the 2021 Rewrite the Future Roundtable series, which led to the publication, ‘Australia in 2030: Possible Alternative Futures’, and the accompanying Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda. She is also a lead author of the Queensland Government’s Human Health and Wellbeing Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2018). She was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (2016), is a current Board Member for Climarte and is a recipient of the coveted Tony McMichael award for leadership on health and the environment (2017); the Frank Fisher Award (2018).


Image: Anna Madeline Raupach, Ramsay Art Prize 2021, Photo by Saul Steed

Anna Madeleine Raupach is a multidisciplinary artist who explores how technology shapes our interpretation of the natural world. Her current practice focuses on expressing alternative forms of temporality related to climate change. Anna has a PhD in Media Arts from UNSW Art & Design (2014) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from ANU School of Art & Design (2007), where she holds a Lecturer position. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Montreal and Bandung and has been awarded international residencies and fellowships at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, through the Art Gallery of NSW (2018); Common Room Network Foundation, Indonesia, with Asialink Arts (2017); the University of Southern California, supported by ArtsACT, and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.

You can check out Anna's art practice on her website and Instagram.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Alex Meagher
is a photographic artist originally from Rotorua, Aotearoa now residing in Melbourne. Self taught, his work has developed through experimentation and persistent shooting utilising a multitude of conventional and non-conventional cameras alike. Most recently Meagher was invited to show his ongoing series “Unfamiliar Wilds” as a stand-alone exhibit at the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Through his use of discontinued infrared film, most commonly known as Aerochrome, Meagher’s experimental practice achieves a surrealist quality, subverting natural hues to create rich and vivid scenes. Meagher’s work aims to disconnect the observer from their reality and transport them to a world unrecognisable as their own.

 You can check out Alex's art practice on his website and Instagram.



Entries opened: Friday 29 October 2021
Entries closed: 5pm, Monday 14 March 2022


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin


Adults $25 | Concession/Under 18 $15


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