The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through:
- The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize,
- The Moran Comtemporary Photographic Prizes and
- The Moran School Photographic Workshops
Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia's bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize was established in 2007 and runs alongside the Moran National Portrait Prize. The entries are meant to visually communicate "Contemporary Australia with a Focus on Everyday Life".
As Australia's most well-known Photographic Prize, I was honoured to have two of my images selected as semi-finalists from nearly 3000 entries. One of these images was then selected as a finalist and as such, will be exhibited with the other 30 finalists, spending the first four months at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney and then travelling for the rest of the year. I am humbled and honoured to be exhibiting alongside some of my favourite Australian photographers, including Murray Fredericks and Tobias Titz. The exhibition will start on the 29th of October 2014.
Below is my image entitled "Damsel in Distress", which was a semi-finalist in this year's Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. I took this photograph while enjoying an afternoon at Mona Vale Beach with some of my young Sudanese friends.