I attended the latter's opening night in Adelaide's Festival Theatre foyer with two dear friends, among a marvellous collection of South Australian art. When the award was announced a few weeks later, I thought that there were at least a dozen other works that far exceeded the quality of the winning painting. As the winner was asked to come forward, I noticed one artist's jaw literally drop, while another exclaimed how they felt 'robbed'.
The following week I flew my mother to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. I was touched by having my sister, brother-in-law, two aunts, and a dear friend, Michelle, join my mother and me in the opening night festivities. Again, the winning image left some artists flummoxed. The feedback I received was consistent in its criticism that the image barely rated as a 'portrait'. Nonetheless, the quality of work exhibited was as high as it was intriguing. The exhibition continues to June 26, and my Adelaide-based friends will be able to view the exhibition at the Bay Discovery Centre in Glenelg, 9 June to 21 July 2017.
After Canberra I spent Easter in Port Moresby. The city has a poor international reputation, but in the six times I've visited, I've never experienced anything but people's warmth and friendliness (caveat; I never venture out at night unaccompanied by a local). From my perspective, like the remainder of PNG, Port Moresby offers rich photographic opportunities, and I'd recommend a visit!
PNG never disappoints in terms of riotous colour, as demonstrated by this Port Moresby beach scene.