Competition held for Victorian photographers of multicultural background

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Victorian Multicultural Affairs Minister Ros Spence has announced the launch of a photography competition open to Victorians of multicultural background.
The minister said the competition, titled Capturing Culture: A Focus on Multicultural Victoria, was the first of its kind and was open to anyone from the state with a multicultural background. Applications are open until Sunday, April 17.

“This is a great opportunity for Victorians from multicultural backgrounds to share their experiences from their own perspective. The exhibition gives us the opportunity to recognize the vital contribution that Victoria’s multicultural communities have made to our state – and their incredible resilience during the pandemic,” Ms. Spence said.

Prizes worth $9,000 would be offered and entrants would have “the opportunity to contribute to the visual record of a unique time in our history,” the minister said in a statement.

On June 22, 24 works of art from the shortlisted entries will feature in an exhibition where the winning works will also be announced.
Works submitted to the competition would be scored by a jury in six categories: People’s Choice, Important Days and Cultural Celebrations, Portraiture, Daily Life and Family, Community Resilience and Minister’s Choice.

Victoria’s Multicultural Commission chairwoman, Viv Nguyen AM, said the competition was a chance to showcase the talents of multicultural arts practitioners in the state.

“Photography is a powerful medium to capture those fleeting moments that bring communities together – the fleeting glances between loved ones, the sadness, the humor, the joy,” Ms Nguyen said.

♦ For more information or to apply, visit the Multicultural Commission Capturing Culture website (www.multiculturalcommission.vic.gov.au/capturing-culture).

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