Honorable Mention / 2021 / Fine Art / Architecture


  • Photographer
    Annette Willis
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This old farmhouse sits in a field of barley on Cobb and Co corner, 3km north of a small town in South Australia. It has become famous as it was used for the cover image of Australian band Midnight Oil's 1987 album, Diesel and Dust. I have a different take on it as I know the owners and see it as part of the heritage of their family who have farmed this land for generations.

I explore issues and themes through narrative photo essays featuring images that are often deliberate lyrical abstractions. My photographic style is defined by striking, closely cropped compositions. I am especially interested in street photography and abandoned places. I have had thirteen solo exhibitions at galleries around Australia and have had work shown in London, New York, Vermont, Ontario and at the 3rd, 4th and 5th International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Malaga, Spain 2014; Berlin, 2016; Barcelona, 2019).

Awards Finalist places and honourable mentions in national and international photography awards including:
Black & White Spider Awards (2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women in Photography (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Prix de la Photographie (PX3) (2012,2015,2016,2017)
International Loupe Awards (2013)
International Monochrome Awards (2014,2016,2018)
Mobile Photography Awards (2013)
International Color Awards (2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018)
B&W Charles Dodgson Award (2014)
South Australia Living Artist Festival Awards (2014, 2016).

Finalist in many Australian and international portraiture prizes including:
Head On (2006, 2012)
Olive Cotton (2005, 2007, 2008, 2017)
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Sydney Life: Art and About
London Photographic Association Portraiture Prize (2007, 2014)
Winner 2006 Wollongong Portraiture Prize.