PSC Lecturer Hoda Afshar has won the $30,000 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for her photograph ‘Portrait of Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island’ (2018). Hoda’s winning image was printed at PSC’s Print Shop by Peter Hatzipavlis.
Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. Anouska Phizaklea, Director of MGA, and one of the judges said ‘Afshar’s portrait of Behrouz Boochani is compelling and powerful. It is a haunting portrait that speaks to the history of photography. Boochani’s gaze, the fire that burns behind him, the way his body is positioned – it has an intensity and power that is undeniable. Embedded within Afshar’s practice is a deep understanding of photography, its history and how powerful photography can be.’
Congratulations Hoda from all of us at PSC!