Justine Varga has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for the second time. The artist also won the prize in 2013.
The exhibition was judged by Professor Susan Best from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art.
Best selected Varga’s photograph, Marking Time, 2016, which was made without the aid of a camera.
“This exquisite photogram is conceptually and visually abstract and yet at the same time richly suggestive of materiality, touch and texture,” Best said of the winning work.
Varga received $20,000 and Marking Time has been acquired by the Gold Coast City Gallery.
“The finalists in this year’s Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award show the remarkable range of visual and technological possibilities in contemporary photography: everything from daguerreotype to digital, as well as tintype, photogram and classic black and white. You really need to see them in the flesh to appreciate this diversity,” Best said.
Gold Coast City Gallery has also purchased two other works which were entered in the prize: Prawn, 2016, by Gerwyn Davies and Christian Thompson’s Ancient Bloom, 2015.
2016 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award
Gold Coast City Gallery
25 June – 21 August