The Royal Australian Navy announced the winners of the International Fleet Review Fine Art and Photographic Competitions at an awards ceremony held at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Friday.
In his first art competition, Benjamin Johansen from Brisbane won the Fine Art Open category with his entry ‘Every creature acknowledges and moves ahead past events in a sea of navy and a sky of wattle’.
The Fine Art Student category was taken out by 17 year old Brianna Warden from Hawker College in Canberra. She won the category with her untitled artwork depicting the Nigerian Navy Ship NSS Thunder.
The runners-up in the Fine Art category were Anne McLaughlin (2nd prize open entry), Maree Noordhuis (3rd prize open entry), Clare Lodge, age 13, (2nd prize student entry) and Olivia Serrao, age 17, (3rd prize student entry).
Winner of the photographic competition was David Wong with his dramatic and colourful shot entitled ‘The Aurora of lights filling the Sydney sky’ which captured the IFR Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular on Sydney Harbour. The runners-up were Jean-Dominique Martin (2nd prize for ‘The coming of age 100 years on’) and Yen Chean Soo Too (3rd prize for ‘Going Ashore’).
The International Fleet Review in October was the largest and most successful commemorative event that the Royal Australian Navy has staged. The major activities, including the Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular, the Fleet Entry, the Ceremonial Review by the Governor-General and Prince Harry, the Ships’ Open Days at Garden Island and Barangaroo, and the Combined Navies March along Sydney’s George Street resulted in more than 1800 entries into the photographic competition and over 100 works of art for the art competition.
Thirty entries from the two competitions were hosted online by Photophuse with prizes provided by the Australian Defence Credit Union. The entries were displayed at the Australian National Maritime Museum for two days from 6-8 December 2013.
“We were delighted to be able to support the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review by offering $15,000 in total prize money to the winners and runners up of both the IFR Fine Art and Photographic competitions” said Mr John Ford, CEO of ADCU.
In addition to the competitions, the Royal Australian Navy also commissioned a traditional oil painting of the 2013 Fleet Entry to match the 1913 painting of HMAS Australia and her escorts entering Sydney Harbour and making history a century ago.
QinetiQ Australia generously provided the commission to marine artist Ian Hansen, a former Chief Petty Officer of the RAN and one of Australia’s leading marine artists, to paint the IFR Fleet Entry. Ian’s painting was also on public display at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 6 December, before being transferred to Fleet Headquarters where it will be permanently displayed.
“Judging is never easy. Every photograph was viewed with finalists selected via a series of eliminations. The standard was extremely high. I congratulate the winners but thank all the competition entrants for producing such memorable and lasting images of the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review,” said Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM, CSC, RAN.
1st Prize - Benjamin Johansen ‘Every creature acknowledges and moves ahead past events in a sea of navy and a sky of wattle’
2nd Prize - Anne McLaughlin ‘Darwin and Sydney in one salute’
3rd Prize - Maree Noordhuis
1st Prize - Brianna Warden
2nd Prize - Clare Lodge ‘Once in a lifetime’
3rd Prize - Olivia Serrao ‘A hundred years on’
IFR Photography Prize:
1st prize - David Wong ‘The Aurora of lights filling the Sydney sky’
2nd prize - Jean-Dominique Martin ‘The coming of age 100 years on’
3rd prize - Yen Chean Soo Too ‘Going Ashore’
Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S201325524.