Despite the advent of lockdown, Waiheke’s world-renowned art competition has returned for 2021.

It has been a struggle to get entrants’ work physically to the gallery with courier logjams, and in particular, delays in getting pieces framed has been frustrating for all involved.

Thankfully, all contributions have now arrived in time for this year’s selector and Judge Fiona Blanchard, Head of Visitor Services – Auckland War Memorial Museum, to cast over her learned eye.

Judging has taken place this week, and winners are expected to be announced by Friday.

Last years winner of the premier prize was Judy Woods for her work Jettyland – Acrylic and mixed media.

The Zinni Douglas Merit Award went to Greg Downie for Maquetto – Book with prints and video. The Michael Evans Figurative Award went to Margaret Emsley for her work Phoenix – Charcoal on Fabriano Artistico.

This year, Renowned artist and former finalist Ilya Volykhine, a former Waiheke local (since relocated to Devonport, is amongst a handful of artists with island links in a field of 33 finalists competing in the annual competition. Judge’s reward the best two-dimensional works in any medium and boasts a $5000 prize. 

The award is proudly sponsored by Walker & Hall in association with The Skin Institute Waiheke.

Selector Simon McIntyre with gallery director Linda Chalmers and Walker & Hall’s Joseph Tattersfield with the winning artwork, “Plant Dust”, by Janna Isbey in 2017. Photo Credit

The Finalists this year are Keith Ancog, Susan Badcock, Sandra Bianciardi, Katie Blundell, Nicholas Boyd, Kym Burke, Cathy Carter, Gavin Chai, Jamie Chapman, Tracey Coakley, Endi Dan, Esther Deans, Akiko Diegel, Anah Dunsheath, Natalie Gelder, Liam Gerrard, Sarah Guppy, Struan Hamilton, Amanda Hewlett, Stefanie Kroeger, Adrienne Millwood, Judith Milner, Deborah Moss, Joon-Hee Park, Sue Reidy, Adi Tait, Sheyne Tuffery, Ilya Volykhine, Michael Walker & Ellen Johansen, Catherine Ward, Yolanda Whitehead.

Find more about the awards at or on their Facebook page.