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Tamara Dean wins $25,000 contemporary photo award

Contemporary photographer, Tamara Dean, has won the $25,000 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for her photo, Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in Autumn, from the series In our Nature 2017.

Tamara Dean’s winning photo.

The photography award, run by Queensland’s Home of the Arts Centre, was judged by Cherie McNair, director and CEO of the Australian Centre for Photography.

The press release included this rather interesting statement by Cherie.

‘Tamara Dean creates work that confirms photography’s veracity in the twenty-first century. Collaboration, connection with contemporary issues are coupled with a quiet introspection and exploration of ritual,’ Cherie said.
‘The ambiguous and fluid nature of the medium is used to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. The work confirms Dean’s mastery of the medium, ability to connect with her subject and presents us with a contemplative moment that captures both the dynamism of human movement and the stillness of the landscape.
‘Dean has a distinctive ability to capture important moments, very much reflective of her career as a photojournalist. This attribute extends into her art practice, imbuing important moments with a Pre-Raphaelite, otherworldly quality.’


The Award, introduced in 2002, aims to showcase contemporary Australian photography. The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award results in an exhibition of the 45 finalists’ images, and an acquisition of the winning work.

This year the award attracted 200 entries – which would seem to be a pretty ordinary level of support with $25K up for grabs.

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