More than 700 paintings and photographs were officially opened for viewing last Friday, as the Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition returned after an extra year in hiatus due to COVID-19.
A large crowd gathered at Signal Point Gallery to launch the exhibition, open daily 9.30am - 4.30pm through Easter until April 5.
Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes welcomed guests, before exhibition chair Roger Shelden announced a long list of award winners, selected by expert judges Peter Coad, Steve Grieve, Keith Seidal and Julie Kermode.
A total of 25 prizes valued at $22,250 were on offer, and the story of the night was Joshua Baldwin being awarded the prestigious $10,000 Alexandrina Art Prize for the second exhibition running.
Mr Baldwin's oil painting "Portrait of Madhanbir" depicts his brother in law's father.
"He is a Sikh and I wanted to tell the story of him coming to Australia as a young man. He was very religious and had long hair which he wore in a turban as part of the Skih tradition," Mr Baldwin said.
"He found it really difficult being openly religious at that time... he was encouraged to cut off his hair and remove his turban. This caused a lot of emotional distress, but over many years he has reached a place of reconciliation.
"The portrait explores this and shows his turban draped over his shoulder. He now carries his religion within and has found his peace."
Coordinated and run by the Rotary Club of Goolwa, the Goolwa Art and Photography Exhibition supports Rotary's important work in the local community and overseas.
For a full list of 2021 award winners and more information on the exhibition, visit: goolwaexhibition.org.au