Dominic Lorrimer wins Australian Life Photography Prize
September 24, 2019
Fairfax photojournalist, Dominic Lorrimer, has won the $10,000 Australian Life Photography Prize for an image entitled Haka.
Haka was captured outside the Lakemba Mosque a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March. It shows a group of Punchbowl High School students embracing in a moment of reflection before performing the ceremonial Māori dance out of respect for those affected by the shootings.
Lorrimer’s image was chosen from 28 finalists, which beat an overall pool of 1400 entrants. The contest was judged by Sydney Morning Herald managing photo editor Mags King, artist Dennis Golding, and director of photography at University of Technology Sydney, Cherine Fahd.
‘Dominic has photographed the scene from the perspective of being in the inner circle – beautifully composed and framed,’ Fahd said. ‘Emotional too, with the Lakemba mosque in the background, the image poses alternatives for viewing what is a politicised community.’
The contest is organised through City of Sydney’s Art and About, a year-round program of arts events. The 28 Australian Life finalist images are showing along the St James walkway of Hyde Park in Sydney.
The lord mayor of the city of Sydney, Clover Moore, said the Australian Life exhibition is one of the most popular events organised by the Art and About program.
Click here to see the finalist images. Here’s a selection images: