Speaking louder than words

Dale Neill photographs Yamina Boase from Beleza Entertainment ahead of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize
Dale Neill photographs Yamina Boase from Beleza Entertainment ahead of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize

“PHOTOGRAPHY is an international language; if a photograph causes people to think or have an emotional response, then you don’t need words to go with it.”

Fremantle International Portrait Prize chief steward Dale Neill believes this universal appeal is what brings scores of international and local photographers to the growing competition, which is running for just the third time.

Neill said the popularity of FiPP stemmed from their belief that the competition should be as open as possible.

“We are striving to keep the competition open, warm and friendly in as much as it is quite possible that an entrant who photographs their child with their dog in their backyard could just as easily win as a professional photographer who has posed something in a quite structured way,” he said.

“WA is very isolated and Perth is the most isolated capital in the world, so it is very easy to develop tunnel vision of where photography is as an artform.

“It is very refreshing for local photographers to see work that has been contributed from photographers in other countries and other cultures, which has a positive effect on local photographers.”

Entries are open for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

Proceeds from entry costs will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation of WA.

Visit www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au for more information.