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13th Solar Art Prize

Institute Building, Level 1, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide, SA, 5000
9 Apr - 28 Apr 2022 

‘Caring for our Planet’ runs through this year’s Solar Art Prize.

Climate change, nature and environment; expressed through landscapes, seascapes, wild fauna or flora or environmentally aware people or thought-provoking images.

Winners receive Natural Technology Systems vouchers towards the purchase of Solar Q Cell panels/solar hot water/battery/refrigerator (low power)/composting toilet or solar pool pump.  Winners choice – all fully installed.  Prizes are transferrable to family or friends in South Australia.

Congratulations to the following artists:


Mirjana DOBSON, A Whiter Shade, porcelain/slip/lustre, 10 x 60 x 40cm
$9000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems or $500 cash plus 1 year RSASA membership.


David BRAUN, A Stream run through it, pen drawing with watercolour, 93 x 65cm
$5000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems*

Wild nature. Beauty of the natural environment.

Suzie FEWELL, Disappearing Landscape: Yellow Mountains, digital photograph, 56.5 x 56.5cm
$5000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems*

SECTION PRIZES – $4000 vouchers for Natural Technology Systems

Section 1 – Climate Change 

a) results and causes


Janet MAKAEV, Land clearing: the death of trees, graphite on paper, 98 x 68cm

b) People who harm the environment (caricatures/satire highlighting social or community irresponsibility)


Dan WITHEY, Steering the Environment, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120cm

Section 2 – People who help the environment

a) People in Action


Peter NOBLE, How Dare You (Greta Thunberg), oil, 76 x 61cm

b) Life Portraits – those who take responsible action for combatting climate change


Paul WHITEHEAD, The Organic Man (Ian – An organic farmer), oil, 70 x 90cm

Section 3 – Natural Environment – Endangered or threatened fauna or flora (ideally in their natural environment)

Kate LEWIS, Introvert, acrylic on wooden panel, 66.5 x 66.5cm

MATERIAL PRIZES – $3000 vouchers for Natural Technology Systems

a) oil/acrylic


Terry MACDERMOT, Blah, Blah, Blah, mixed media, 54 x 103cm

b) encaustic/mixed media


Bev BILLS, The Sky is the Limit, encaustic, 40 x 50cm

c) works on paper – watercolour, pastel, print & drawing


Diana BRADSHAW, Life Within, watercolour & pastel, 105 x 84cm

d) photography, video & installation


Mark STANDERWICK, Progress, photography, 30 x 80cm

e) textiles/3D/recycles books & other


Zara ZANNETTINO, Absurd Birds, textile, 53 x 153cm

Aussie Sanctuary Prize


Margaret THOMAS, Steve Wright – 1000 Trees, mixed media gum leaf & watercolour, 60 x 47cm and Margaret THOMAS, There’s plenty more plastic in the sea, mixed media, 160 x 67cm

MERIT AWARD – $3000 voucher for Natural Technology Systems

Carol BANN, Dry River Bed, coloured pencil, 69 x 86cm
Tricia ROSS, Vanitas for a Changing World, wet plate collodian photography, 41 x 35.5cm
Hadley JOHNSON, Housing Crisis, clay and found rubbish (on net)


Janet MAKAEV, Down at the Dam: pobble book spawn, Giclee print, 70 x 50cm
Paul WHITEHEAD, Climate Refugees, photography, 40 x 120cm

Judged by: Janet Ayliffe – artist and teacher, Rod Bax – artist and teacher and Megan Roodenrys – artist and teacher.

A catalogue of the Solar Art Prize can be downloaded HERE


*all other prizes have $100 cash alternative.