2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition

Theme: The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea

The Mission to Seafarers invites you to participate in the 2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition. It is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years.   

A major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers, it is only possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors who provide the prize money and other in-kind contributions. The artists, many of whom support the exhibition with entries every year, also pay an entrance fee and a 33% commission on all works that are sold.  

The Opening Night will bring together the exhibiting maritime artists, award sponsors, representatives from the shipping industry, art buyers, philanthropists and other Mission to Seafarers supporters, all with the common purpose of celebrating the winners and recognising the purpose of the Mission in its support of seafarers’ welfare.  


$10,000 ‘Maritime Art Award’
$5,000 ‘Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award’ 
$1,000 ‘Emerging Artist Award’
$2,000 ‘People’s Choice Award’
$2,000 ‘Runner-Up Award’  



Up to eighty finalists will be selected for exhibition and notified by email on or before Monday 7th September 2020 and invited to present their work between Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th September 2020 only to:
‘The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC 3008’  

Award winning artworks will be featured on our website following the Opening Night.

Call for Entries 1st May to 31st August 2020


2020 Art Prize T&Cs-  Download here

Entry Form Hard Copy 2020 Maritime Art Prize

Please contact us if you have any questions artprize@missiontoseafarers.com.au

2019 Art Prize Winners and Sponsors

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

Raj Panda: Looking Back to Look Forward


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.”


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.”

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.” 

VIVA Energy ‘People’s Choice Award’

Jenny Laidlaw: The Light Will Guide You Home.

2018 Art Prize Winners and Sponsors


We thank ANL and the exhibition sponsors and artists for making this wonderful insight into all things maritime possible.

Sponsorship of the Art Awards has its own rewards and we look forward to tailoring an opportunity for your company to be part of future Maritime Art Awards.


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.