People viewed the photographs at the Olive Cotton award.
People viewed the photographs at the Olive Cotton award. John Gass

Woman on street corner helps photographer snap $20k

A CANDID portrait of a woman on a street corner by photographer Trent Parke has taken out the winning spot in the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.

The Adelaide artist won the prize and $20,000 cash.

This was the winning portrait by Adelaide photographer Trent Parke.
This was the winning portrait by Adelaide photographer Trent Parke.

"It is a very unusual work, the subject isn't immediately visible and so our notions of portraiture are challenged," judge Helen Ennis, Head at the School of Art, Australian National University said.

"The viewer is invited to actively work with the image in order for the face of this unknown woman to become apparent."

"Trent Parke was elated at the news and to receive an award for this work which marks a new direction for him and his first foray into portraiture," Award Co-ordinator, Anouk Beck, said

The exhibition features the work of 91 finalists from 381 entries across Australia which includes 15 photographers from the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast area.

The Olive Cotton award will be on display and open for the public from August 9 until September 29 at the Tweed River Art Gallery.

The Gallery and Gallery Cafe are open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.



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