I was delighted to have my entry receive 2nd Place in the 2017 Blackheath Art Prize, an open competition run by the Blackheath Art Society. Of course art comps are always idiosyncratic and its no great shakes to win, or to ‘lose’ either, but it can mean at least one experienced art person thinks your work is of a high standard. And it was nice to have nature photography recognised against a swag of other styles of visual art (apples and oranges come to mind). The judge, Lee-Anne Hall from Penrith Regional Gallery, also gave a commendation a nature photograph by another artist.
My work was a large (61 x 76 cm) print of The clouds parted, Gangerang Range, a version of which happens to be on the cover of my 2018 Wild Blue Mountains Calendar. Its from a 4 x 5 inch transparency and a magical morning near Kanangra Walls. Ms Hall said that the image was “both technically brilliant and glorious. As with all good photography, the artist has waited to capture a moment in time – when clouds part to reveal the majesty of the mountains”.
Prints of the image are currently available at this size (edition of 10) for $750 (print only, unframed).