In April 2012, Queensland will be celebrating the medium of photography in all its forms with the fourth Queensland Festival of Photography.
In 2012 the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography features over 50 venues across the state, marking a new milestone on community participation. As the only photographic festival in Australia that expands across an entire state, the Queensland Festival of Photography offers audiences from Cairns to Brisbane – and into northern NSW – the opportunity to engage with the best photography has to offer. With exhibitions showcasing the works of local, national and international artists the experience promises to be diverse and enriching.
Coordinated by Tara Callaghan, the festival will also feature educational activities such as workshops, seminars, folio reviews and artist talks, all of which extend to regional areas thanks to the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.
The festival also features several competitions and prizes, such as the prestigious Josephine Ulrick & Win Shubert Photography Award and the Queensland Festival of Photography Portrait Prize. The former is an annual prize (worth $20,000) and exhibition of the best work by over 55 selected Australian photo media artists; the latter a celebration of photographic portraiture in all its forms, whether constructed around an idea, positioned in a specific environment, a candid snap or experimental.
As part of the festival's opening weekend, on Saturday 31 March the 2011 Josephine Ulrick & Win Shubert Photography Award winner Darren Sylvester will give an artist talk at the Gold Coast City Gallery, discussing his award winning work, ‘What Happens Will Happen 2010’, which demonstrates his interest in creating images that reflect an idealised life from the perspective of today’s youth.
The Queensland Festival of Photography Portrait Prize, meanwhile, aims to encourage the production of the best and most innovative photographic portraits, and to share them online and in the Queensland Centre for Photography gallery. Twenty finalists will be exhibited in the QCP window gallery between 1 April (when the winner will be announced) and 29 April, and can also be seen on the QCP website.
Another of the festival’s event highlights over the opening weekend includes The Art of Fashion Photography panel discussion at the QUT Art Museum on Sunday 1 April, featuring fashion photographers, style makers, artists and curators.
For more information, visit www.festivalofphotography.com.au