2019 Art Prize Winners and Sponsors

ASP Shipping ‘Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award’ (Acquisitive)

Jenny Viney: Men at Work 

Judges Comment: “This painting explores the intimate connection between industry and shipping, reminding the viewer that many ports around Australia are located in remote places of great natural beauty.”

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) ‘Emerging Artist Award’ 

Raj Panda: Looking Back to Look Forward



As always the jury were impressed with the high standard of entries in the ANL Maritime Art prize. The theme ‘the Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’  The winning works were incredibly creative in response to the Brief.

Congratulations to 2019 Maritime Art Prize Winner, Maria Kontis, for her  work, Barely surviving and merely looking on. 

Judges comment: “A deceptively humble, relaxed work with great pathos and ambition, but phrased in a unique artistic language. Using a virtuoso technique, it fulfills the brief of the prize admirably.”

Nevile & Co, Second Prize: Awarded to Barbara Tyson: Weight of Living.

Judges Comment: ‘‘Weight of Living’ combines a modernist collage of nautical allusions with an inventive and almost shockingly bold composition.”

$2,000 VIVA Energy ‘People’s Choice Award’

Jenny Laidlaw: The Light Will Guide You Home.

2018 Art Prize Winners and Sponsors


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The jury were impressed with the high standard of entries in the 2018 ANL Maritime Art prize. The theme ‘the Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’ attracted a diverse response of work ranging from traditional to contemporary mixed media. The winning works resonate with an outstanding level of creativity in response to the Brief. They were evocative, and showed a great deal of ideation and originality.

Congratulations to 2018 Maritime Art Prize Winner, Joni Dennis, for her multi-media work, ‘Aye Aye Captain’

Judges comments: “The winning work is a multi-faceted portrayal and celebration of ambitious female sea captains of container ships who  travel the world.”

Nevile & Co, Second Prize: Awarded to Robert J Williams for ‘Rust in Peace’

Judges comments: “A fresh take on portrayal of the iconic HMAS Cerberus wreck. A softly nuanced, big impact painting with a restrained colour palette.”

2018 ASP, Best Traditional Award: David Rowe, ‘The Naval Mechanic’

Judges comments: “A highly skilled and executed environmental portraiture of a Naval mechanic in the belly of a ship, rich in its tonality and depth.”


2018 DP World Australia, Emerging Artist Award: Ben Tankard, ‘Unpopular Penguin 286’

Judges comments: “… a layered narrative, with intriguing references to man’s relationship to the sea. We felt it was a highly innovative response to the Brief”

Congratulations to our TWO People’s Choice Award Winners!

The Prize was tied this year, between Jenny Laidlaw for ‘Breaker at the Stern’ (pictured left), and Donna Gibb, for ‘The Spirit of the Sea’ (pictured right). The artists and MTSV thank the People’s Choice sponsor, VIVA Energy Australia, for supporting the Maritime Art Prize.