The inaugural PhotoMarathon Melbourne took place in April 2016, and what an amazing event it was! With over 140 photographers taking part, it was an incredible turnout for our first year and we’re totally thrilled.
Our judging panel for 2016 consisted of Michael Silver, Miriam Arbus and Emmanuel T Santos.
Michael is the President of MAGNET Galleries, and has been a professional photographer for over 40 years. He worked in newspapers both in Victoria and Western Australia, as well as in Fleet Street, before starting his commercial photography business, PHOTONET in 1987. While on the staff of the Sun newspaper in Melbourne he won the Press Photographer of the Year Special Merit Award in 1986. He photographs for a huge variety of clients and his photographic work takes him regularly to Europe, South-East Asia and the USA.
With dedicated interest in contemporary localised and community based art practices, Miriam works as the Director and Curator of Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. She is originally from Canada where she focused academic studies in Art History, Contemporary Theory and Curatorship at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. After completing her Masters degree she relocated to Melbourne. Her areas of focus are pertinent to new media and post-digital practices as well as participatory art.
Emmanuel is currently senior curator of Obscura Fine Art Gallery in Melbourne. Born in the Philippines, he is an Australian based documentary and art photographer who’s traveled extensively creating photo essays on tribal traditions, highlighting the universality of human existence.
Santos’ photographs are held in permanent collections including The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Library of Australia, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Musee d’Art et Histoire du Judaisme, Paris, The Bibliotheque Nationale, France and the Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Israel and he has regular solo exhibitions and lectures in major cities throughout the world.
The themes for 2016, and the winning images were: