Photographers in the running for top art award

SetWidth305-Jae-Hoon-Lee-The-Dry-Valley-2012One of the country's foremost contemporary art awards this year features a small but strong roster of photographers on its recently-unveiled finalists list. The Annual Wallace Art Awards is the largest and longest-running awards programme in the country aimed at supporting, promoting and exposing New Zealand contemporary art and artists, and several top photographic artists are in the running for this year's prizes.

Photographers among the 90 artists named as 2014's finalists include:

Harvey Benge

Becky Nunes

Ross Brown

Stephanie O'Connor

Greta Anderson

Carolin Casey

Jennifer Mason

Ping Xu

At stake in the awards programme is over $195,000 worth of international residency opportunities and cash prizes. The winner of the top award, the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award, embarks on a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

Last year's Paramount Award was won by a photographer; Jae Hoon Lee took the top distinction with his digital image, The Dry Valley, pictured here.

For more information about the awards, visit the website.