The winner of the People's Choice Award, a cash prize of $150, is Khmer Grandmother, charcoal, by Jessie Lee from John XXIII College.
In January this year my family and I travelled to Cambodia and volunteered in an orphanage for children with severe disabilities. It is here that we met the Khmer Grandmother. Throughout her long life she has witnessed the horrors of war and famine. Yet despite such poverty and hardship she shows incredible strength and resilience in her love, compassion and care for others. Meeting her and her ‘grandchildren’ had a profound effect on me.
All those who voted for the People's Choice Award were entered in the draw to win a dinner voucher to the value of $200, donated courtesy of Bluewater Grill, Heathcote Reserve, Applecross. The lucky winner of this prize is Denis Bannan.