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.


2017 Winner
Su Cassiano

Divide and Dissolve 2017

Judges Commendation
Matthew Abbott

'Amelia' Wilcannia Playground, NSW 2015

Student Winner
Dom Krapski

Dear ol dad 2017


Matthew Abbott    Aaron  Bradbrook    Darcy  Burns    Daniel  Bushaway    Su Cassiano    
Eleanor Cox    Robyn Daly    Ebony Dennis    Ebony Finck    Amy Gubana    Hannan Jones    
Georgia Hanson    Lachlan Jennings    Dom Krapski    Helga Leunig    Jon Lewis    
Olive Lipscombe    Gabriella Lo Presti    Jordan Madge    Maria Cecilia Maglinao   Zelko Nedic    
Andrew Nicholls    Tajette  O'halloran    Tim Palman    Emma Perry   Zorica  Purlija    Tristan Still    
David Symons    Nina-Marie Thomas    Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

A big thank you to all those who entered the IRIS Award and to the 2017 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.. 

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.

© 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