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OptiKA 2024 Photographic Award

The Rocketgirl, by Andrew Rovenko for Optika 2022 Event

Championing expression through photography and celebrating its 15th anniversary, OptiKA is a photography award inviting artists of all skill levels and ages to capture and interpret a theme through their lenses.

The 2024 theme is "Inspiration: What ignites your passion?" Show what drives your creativity and imagination.

This event welcomes photographers of all ages and skill levels from across Victoria, providing a platform to showcase their work and connect with the dynamic photography community in the region. Selected artworks will be showcased at the Kingston Arts Centre for the OptiKA 2024 exhibition, where they will be evaluated by both industry experts and the public.

There is no entry fee for OptiKA 2024.

Prizes

  • Adult Open Entry Award: $5,000
  • Youth Open Award (under 16 years): $500
  • Adult Local Entry Award: $2,000
  • Youth Local Award (under 16 years): $500
  • People's Choice Award: $1,000

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submit your photograph for OptiKA 2024 here.

There will also be an option to submit physical entries toward the end of the submission period.

Please fill out the OptiKA 2024 Parent Guardian Permission Form if you're under 18.

Further information

OptiKA 2024 Terms and Conditions

OptiKA 2024 FAQs

Awards ceremony

Join us for the OptiKA Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Opening as we celebrate all participants and announce the winning photographers at the Kingston Arts Centre, Wednesday 9 September at 6PM

EXHIBITION

A selection of photographs from OptiKA 2024 will be featured in an exhibition at G1 and G2 Galleries, Kingston Arts Centre from Wednesday 9 October to Saturday 9 November.

ACCESS

G1 and G2 Galleries are wheelchair accessible and accessible toilets are available.

2024 CURATORIAL COMMITTEE 

Sarah Morris 

Sarah Morris, Kingston Arts Visual Arts Coordinator, has over 20 years of experience working as an arts professional in the public, independent, and government sectors. She has also worked with PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography and the Centre of Contemporary Photography. 

Kym Griffiths 

Kym Griffiths is an Australian photographer and artist with over 25 years of experience in the creative industries. Starting as an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer, Kym co-founded the photography conference Refocus Retreat in 2015 to provide women in photography a supportive space for growth. What began as a small gathering has blossomed into a world-class photography event, running 35 workshops and keynotes over four days, attracting over 80 attendees in 2023. Kym's passion for empowering women in the industry shines through every aspect of Refocus Retreat, fostering genuine connections and inspiring creativity. 

Nathaniel Stewart 

Nathaniel Stewart is an alternative artist who explores the realm of analogue-digital fusion, multi-sensory design, and visually expressive experiences. He began his artistic journey taking photographs and utilising different design mediums, which later led him into the realm of mixed media and video synthesis. Some of Nathaniel's works include projections for some of Australia’s leading festivals, such as Strawberry Fields and Pitch Festival, as well as other activations like the Daniel Johns exhibition held in Melbourne. 

Nathaniel continually expands his artistry through organic generative video synthesis, creative installations, video production, immersive space curation, graphic design, and emotive-driven experiences. He embraces new-age mediums and various emerging technologies to explore naturalistic optical intricacies, digital and analogue fusion, the disposition of emerging technologies, and immersive innovation. 

Image credit: Andrew Rovenko, The Rocketgirl, digital photograph, OptiKA 2022

 

Date

Theme announced: Monday 17 June

Entries open: Monday 1 July

Entries close: Sunday 15 September at 11:59pm

Awards ceremony and exhibition opening: Wednesday 9 October at 6pm

Exhibition: Wednesday 9 October - Saturday 9 November

People’s choice voting closes: Saturday 9 November

Venue

G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

Cost

Free Admission