05 May 2013

Peter Ramshaw Launches 2013 Portrait Prize

(right) Peter Ramshaw, webmaster for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize, presses the button to officially launch the 2013 Award.

The launch coincided with the annual Moondyne Festival in Toodyay, Western Australia.  Toodyay is about an hour and a half east of Fremantle and was home to one of Western Australia's most famous bushrangers, Moondyne Joe. The small wheatbelt town on the trans-Australian rail line was jumping today with more than five thousand visitors.

Within a few minutes of the official launch the first entries started arriving in what promises to be the biggest and most prestigious photographic award in Western Australia.

The FIPP Committee (L-R) Sandy Chaney, Dale Neill. Ivor Metlitzky, George Woodward, Peter Ramshaw, John Quintner, Abigail Harman, Lawrie Beilin.

The Fremantle International Portrait Prize is open to all photographers, of any age, of any status, anywhere in the world. The FIPP is simply seeking the very best portrait images in the world to judge and exhibit in the Moores Contemporary Art Building in Fremantle.

Prizes for 2013 top $10,000 with $5,000 cash first prize, a Nikon D800 and an Apple mini  iPad and more. One third of all entries will be shortlisted and the top one hundred images printed and hung in the exhibition.

You don't need an expensive DSLR to be in the running. Neither do you have to have technical perfection in your images or to put your images through a hundred hours of Photoshop. Although a carefully crafted, technically exact image may have advantages the Fremantle International Portrait Prize is as much about a celebration of life, love and emotion. We are looking for passion, exuberance, brilliance and a creative approach to portraying humanity.

Entries close on 8 July 2013 and all proceeds go to the Arthritis and osteoporosis Foundation of Western Australia.

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