2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition

Theme: The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea

The Mission to Seafarers 2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition 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 brought 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.  This years opening night was held online on the 15th of October. 

To view the Awards announcements opening night click here.

The winners of the 2020 Maritime Art Prize have been announced!
Maritime Art Award 2020 – $10,000
Rodney Forbes ‘A submariner dreams of home.’
‘Gulf Agency’ Best Traditional Maritime Art Award – $5,000
John Woodland ‘Tooronga and Changte’
‘Nevile & Co’ Runners Up Award – $2,000
Joint Winners:
Orlando Durades Valdor ‘Get lost to find yourself’
Mark Seabrook ‘The Catch (1938)’
Emerging Artist Award – $1,000
Benedict Sibley ‘All Men will be Sailors’
VICT People’s Choice awarded to Amber Simon – Burnie Locals.

Link to Gallery  to view the Award winning artworks where all works are available for sale.

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

Mission Building

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:

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: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 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.