Her work is a depiction of the environmental devastation of industrial animal agriculture. Ice cream manufacturers are not required to declare if their egg products come from free range chickens and Julia's work is a statement that portrays this message beautifully.
The Emerging Artist award has been won by Dan Power who has created amazing and intricate ink and pen scrimshaw drawings on the bleached skull of a bull. His work is titled G [Razed] and tells the story of the loss of wildlife due to drought, land clearing and over grazing. The drawings on the skull feature many endangered Australian native flora and fauna. The detail is just incredible.
This year there were 627 entries (422 in the Open section and 205 in the Emerging artist section) which this year included digital and video art. The judging panel selected 81 finalists, which make up the exhibition. The competition is Australia's premier art competition, with sensational prizes on offer. The Open prize winner took home $30,000 and the Emerging Artist won $10,000.