Prize an open shut­ter case

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Photography -

“PHO­TOG­RA­PHY is an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage; if a pho­to­graph causes peo­ple to think or have an emo­tional re­sponse, then you don’t need words to go with it.”

Fre­man­tle In­ter­na­tional Por­trait Prize chief stew­ard Dale Neill be­lieves this uni­ver­sal ap­peal is what brings scores of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers to the grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which is run­ning for just the third time.

Neill said the pop­u­lar­ity of FiPP stemmed from their belief that the com­pe­ti­tion should be as open as pos­si­ble.

“We are striv­ing to keep the com­pe­ti­tion open, warm and friendly in as much as it is quite pos­si­ble that an en­trant who pho­to­graphs their child with their dog in their backyard could just as easily win as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher who has posed some­thing in a quite struc­tured way,” he said.

“WA is very iso­lated and Perth is the most iso­lated cap­i­tal in the world, so it is very easy to de­velop tun­nel vi­sion of where pho­tog­ra­phy is as an art­form.

“It is very re­fresh­ing for lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers to see work that has been con­trib­uted from pho­tog­ra­phers in other coun­tries and other cul­tures, which has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers.”

En­tries are open for the Fre­man­tle In­ter­na­tional Por­trait Prize.

Pro­ceeds from en­try costs will be do­nated to the Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion of WA.

Visit www.fre­mantle­por­trait prize.org.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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