photography by Tony Kearney
I'm an analogue photographer who exhibits regularly and who has recently been concentrating more on my portrait photography.
My work has been a finalist in the:
Kennedy Prize, 2014
Marton Kantor Portrait Prize, 2017
Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, 2017
HeadOn Portrait Prize, 2018
Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, 2018
Olive Cotton Portrait Prize, 2021
Bowness Photography Prize, 2021
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, 2021
Three of my portraits have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra to be part of their permanent collection.
"Tony is not only a superb photographer he is also one of the main driving forces in photography in this state. So much good has come from his passionate love of the medium."
Mark Kimber, photo-based artist and Studio Head of Photography, SA School of Art, UniSA, September 2016.
Taylor Wessing Prize 2021, National Portrait Gallery, London
Bowness Prize 2021, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
artist[s], 2020, SHIMMER exhibition at the Stump Hill Gallery, McLaren Vale
Jacob Junior Nayinggul, 25-year-old indigenous ranger and now, with his first ever screen appearance, the lead actor in the Australian movie High Ground.
This portrait of Jacob has been selected as a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery London's $27,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2021) currently hanging, along with a portrait of Jack Thompson, in their London Gallery. It is also a finalist in the $30,000 Bowness Photography Prize (2021) and the $20,000 Olive Cotton Portrait Prize (2021)