Mike Read, 2015 Winner

Simon Bernhardt, Judges
Commendation Award

Caroline McGrath, Student Award

Aaron Bradbrook, Finalist

Jane Finlay, Finalist

Ellen Dahl, Finalist

Samantha Hughes, Finalist 


The IRIS Award is an international prize recognising new and outstanding portraiture in photographic art.

The criteria for selection focuses on portraits that are unique, compelling and engaging whilst maintaining

excellence in photography.The award is open to photographic artists from all over the world and will culminate
in a professional group exhibition of finalists' work at the Perth Centre for Photography. Finalists will have their
work promoted online, and will also have the chance to win up to three cash prizes.

We are pleased to announce and welcome our 2017 Iris Award judging panel!

Michelle Dunn Marsh 

Executive Director at the Photographic Centre North West Seattle, Washington, USA - more...

Katrin Koenning

Award winning photographic Artist, Victoria, Australia - more..

Emily Hornum

Interdisciplinary photography, new media and installation artist, Western Australia - more.. 

Entries close 14 June 2017, 12PM Midday (AWST)

Exhibition opens 31 August 2017, 6.30PM


© Chris Bowes, First Impression, Winner 2016 IRIS AWARD

One of the defining characteristics of photography is its ability to immortalise a moment. This image
features a piece of butcher’s paper that has been pressed against my face. Once the photo was created
the paper was destroyed, and although the process can be repeated the same object will never be
replicated. Here the papers temporal form is preserved within the frame, and with it a trace of my
physical likeness at the moment of its creation.

 - Chris Bowes