Winners and photos from the Great Southern Portrait Prize 2012

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The results of the Great Southern Portrait Prize were announced at 2.30pm on Sunday April 29, 2012 at Stockyard Gallery in Foster.
Prom Coast Arts Council President, Kerry Spokes, welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. She then thanked all the entrants, PCA volunteers and Stockyard Gallery volunteers, our generous sponsors, Wally Birkenbeil, Di Farmer and Anda Banikos for their work with children in the School Program, the South Gippsland Shire Council for funding support, the local newspapers for coverage of the event and Deputy Mayor Councillor Moyha Davies. Councillor Davies then gave a short speech focusing on the strong community connections that are made through events such as the Portrait Prize. Kerry then gave a short history of the Portrait Prize and explained the PCA outlook with the Portrait Prize where all mediums are accepted and given equal weight. PCA carefully selects three judges with solid grounding and experience in art to work together to select winners. There are no criteria laid down for the judges by PCA as they find their own criteria. The judges were then introduced – Sheridan Jones of Melbourne, Tom Murray-White of Wonthaggi and Paul Compton of Melbourne. Tom and Paul spoke of the judging process and a little about the winning works.
This year the winners are Open 1st: Amanda Thompson with “Self Portrait” (linocut), Open 2nd : Andrew McPherson, “Portrait of Self or Someone Else” (wood/pencil). The Junior 1st : Bonnie Mobourne age 11, “Sapphira” (acrylic). There were two Highly Commended in the Open section – Hamish Kentwell, “John” (acrylic)  and Susan Purdy, “Janet” (Digital print on rag paper). The Junior Highly Commended: Niamh Martin age 8, “Grandpa” (acrylic); Tess Venables age 6, “My brother Kyle” (acrylic).
Kerry then returned to announce the introduction of a new award, the Packing Room Awards, which went to Tracy Roberts in the Open section with “Middle Aged White Chick” and Kate Facey in the Junior section with “Modsy May” (acrylic).

Here is the gspp 2012 catalogue

More photos soon

Another fantastic Great Southern Portrait Prize with more entries this year and the same high standard.
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