Australian photographic portrait prize finalist list features some well-known faces

FINALIST: George Fetting's portrait of Lee Lin Chin is one of 28 finalists in the prestigious Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

FINALIST: George Fetting's portrait of Lee Lin Chin is one of 28 finalists in the prestigious Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

A who’s who of significant Australians are among the finalists in the inaugural Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Images of Australians known for their contribution in arts, letters, science, sports and politics will grace the walls of the town hall as part of the exhibition, with the winner announced on August 20 during the opening weekend of the BIFB.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the selected short list of photographers for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize exhibition,” said BIFB director Fiona Sweet.

“We received over 150 entries and whittling it down to the final 28 was an incredibly hard decision for our experienced panel of judges.

“What a great start to establishing a portraiture collection of significant Australians in Ballarat.”

Famous faces photographed for the competition include broadcaster Lee Lin Chin, actor Bryan Brown, comedian Wil Anderson, singer Archie Roach, artist Bill Henson and musician Tim Rogers.

The Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is named in memory of the late Martin Kantor, a photographer and philanthropist known for his portraits of famous musicians and artists, and his strong support of indigenous and environmental causes.