"The painting only competition with a major prize is intended to encourage emerging Australian artists and for the professional development of established artists." the website explains.
The other highly coveted award is the Kenilworth Trophy Art prize which this year is $2,000 and a handcarved red cedar jewel box made by Jack Wilms from Obi Valley Woodworks. The Competition which has 9 categories: Landscape, Miniatures, Still Life, The Human Form, Animal Life, Contemporary Art and Portraits will also be on display and for sale in the Kenilworth Hall during the festival. Each category has prize money ranging from $500 to $750. The Trophy Art Prize will be awarded to the overall winner with $500 for the People's Choice Award.
The winners will be announced on the Preview night Friday, 3rd October.
The Festival begins with the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra performing at the Kenilworth Historic Homestead on the evening of Sunday 28th October. The 40 piece orchestra will be performing a concert of classical and light music to begin the magic of the festival under a new moon. Tickets are $25 (no concessions) and available from the Kenilworth Newsagency or online.