Winner of the 2020 Bowness Prize: Dr Christian Thompson AO - Art Exhibition - Michael Reid Gallery

Dr Christian Thompson AO
Winner of the 2020 Bowness Prize: Dr Christian Thompson AO

22 Jan - 13 Apr 2021

Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin is pleased to share that Dr Christian Thompson AO has been announced the winner of the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize at the Monash Gallery of Art. Rule of Three, 2020 was selected by this year’s judges, who were responsible for awarding the $30,000 prize to one of 60 exhibiting finalists.

This outstanding achievement sees a major work by Dr Christian Thompson AO acquired by Monash Gallery of Art’s collection, embedding Rule of Three into a public collection which is both revered and respected for its focus on Australian photography and the masterworks of Australia’s leading photographers.

For 15 years, the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. We would like to extend a very large congratulations to Dr Christian Thompson AO for this outstanding achievement.


“In a year full of challenges with a pandemic that transformed our society, the works all reflect and respond to our environment, our history and our place within it. Christian Thompson’s Rule of Three is a monumental, compelling, and poignant masterpiece that speaks to the complexity and historical legacies of Indigenous representation, cultural identity and Indigenous voices with a contemporaneity that catapults the work into another stratosphere. It is drawn from a body of work that contributes to the considerable weight to his sustained practice of integrating photography and lens-based practice with performative and gestural interventions. It is a timely and worthy acknowledgement.”

— Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Gallery Director

“I feel honoured to be the winner of this year’s William and Winifred Photography Prize. The prize is a national platform for the medium of photography, a medium that has been close to me since childhood. This year was a really dynamic year and it was a pleasure to exhibit alongside members of the photographic community and to witness the breadth, resonance, importance and power of photography today – an enduring medium in our increasingly globalised world, a space for a quiet moment. Thank you for this acknowledgment.”

— Dr Christian Thompson AO

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