Belinda Mason is a Sydney-based photographer with more than 25 years of experience in both the arts and commercial photography sectors. Through Blur Projects, Belinda has conceptualised, produced and presented high quality socio-cultural engaged art exhibitions, workshops and events for national and international audiences. Belinda has developed partnerships with national and international cultural organisations, festivals and investment sources both public and private. Belinda has hosted workshops in remote and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to create long-term engagement with new technologies to create empowerment within communities. Since 2012, Belinda has collaborated with emerging artists with disability or disadvantage to create collaborative and inclusive multi-media exhibitions.
Belinda has been invited to speak at conferences and events such as the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women in New York 2016 and 2018 at the United Nations Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disability in Geneva 2016 and World Conference on Indigenous Persons in New York in 2014 and the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva 2013. Other events include; 2017National Disability Summit, 2017 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in Sydney, 2016 Sydney Ideas at Sydney University, 2016 Australian Medical Students Global Health Conference, 2016, 2014, 2011 National Arts Activated Conference, 2016 International Arts and Health Conference at the Art Gallery of NSW, Australia and the 2016 Jejer Wadon Conference Solo, Indonesia. 2004, International Festival of Photography in Sydney, 2010 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Blowfish Conference, 2006 Australian Centre of Photography, and the Melbourne Festival of Arts 2002.
While Belinda’s exhibitions are her core focus, she also submits her work to significant art prizes. In 2008 Belinda’s peers award her the richest photography prize in Australia, The Moran Prize, of $50,000 with her photograph titled Four Generations (2008). Her digital photograph Beyond the Burn series (2004) was awarded the 2008 Kodak Salon Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Perth Centre for Photography 2008 Iris Award. Her Images from the Maningrida series won her the 2008 Human Rights Award for Photography. She is the winner of BHP Images of the Outback Award in 2003, 2004, and 2012. She came third in the prestigious International Spider Awards for Photojournalism in 2008. Other national photographic awards including being a finalist in MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize (2016) DUO (2015) Head On (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008,), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (2002, 2006, 2012), the Olive Cotton Awards (2007, 2008), the Iris Award (2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010), The Moran Prize (2012) and VIVID (2014), The Blake Prize (2009,) and the 2016 United Nations Peace Media Awards.
Belinda’s photographs are held in national and international museums and galleries including Shape Arts Gallery UK, Museum of Sex New York, the Australian Commercial and Media Photographers Collection and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney. Belinda Mason Photography and Knierim Brothers Productions are now a part of the City of Sydney Oxford Street Creative Spaces.