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Sunshine Coast photographer Michael Cook won the $25,000 Sunshine Coast Art Prize with his work, Mother – Tennis. His winning photo will enter the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. Cook will also receive an artist’s residency.

The prize was judged by Jane Deeth who said of Cook’s work, “The work invites us to examine every detail very closely, revealing layers of profound loss and longing that can be read in many ways from the most personal to the most political, and connecting to memories and histories that continue to haunt the present.”

A photo also won the highly commended prize. Melbourne-based artist Cyrus Tang was awarded $5,000 for her photographic work, 7403.00s.

“This piece enacts events that are befalling our contemporary world: flood, tsunami and the destruction of war,” Deeth said. “The work is subtle, capturing time and encouraging close scrutiny, its immediate impact belying this devastation.”

The 2016 People’s Choice Award of $2,500 is still up for grabs. Visit the Sunshine Coast Art Prize or vote online. Works by all 40 finalists are on show.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Until 2 October

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