‘Australian Life’ contest winner revealed

A portrait of an Indigenous woman wearing a Jesus T-shirt, taken by Amy Jean Harding, has won the $10,000 ‘Australian Life’ photo contest.

Beryl and Jesus, by Amy Lean Harding.

Harding said the photo, Beryl and Jesus, was taken at Big Sing in the Desert, an event at Ross River in the Northern Territory which has Indigenous participants sing Christian songs in their own language.

‘She (Beryl) was really proud to wear the Jesus T-shirt and stood proud for the pic,’ the photographer said. ‘I hope people who view the image see Beryl as a strong woman who has the ability to walk in both worlds – it’s a symbolism of the two cultures. She’s a brave woman and I hope people can see this.’

Contest judges were Moshe Rosenzveig, founder of the Head On festival; Dean Sewell, Oculi photographer; and Nina Miall, competition curator, who said the work ‘addresses complex issues of gender, race and religion distilled into a striking and affective portrait.’

Harding said she would split the $10,000 prize money with Beryl and The Big Sing.

The photo was chosen from 22 finalist images, which were selected from a pool of 1400 entrants.

The photos are a public display exhibition along the St James walkway of Hyde Park North until October 8.

The contest and exhibition is an effort by Art & About Sydney, an ongoing program to create temporary art space programs, funded by the City of Sydney.

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