Mia Mala McDonald is a Photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. McDonald holds a Masters of Fine Art degree from RMIT University, where she was recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s award for Academic Excellence. Her work has been published in many publications including the New York Times, The Monthly, Frankie Magazine and Guardian UK. Her work has been exhibition at the NGV as part of Melbourne Now and in numerous solo and group shows.
In 2019 she was a finalist in the National Portrait Prize with her portrait of writer Helen Garner and in 2016 she was a finalist in both the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Award and the Iris Photographic Portrait Prize Award. McDonald is deeply interested in people and this is the real essence of her work. Her process allows her to see things in a new way, small things in the way people behave and she strives to disclose these intimate personal narratives.
Mia lives in Melbourne with her partner Steph Hughes and their daughter Sidney Mala (2.5yrs).