Congratulations to Ché Chorley (Diploma 2013) on winning the 2014 Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place! This prestigious prize has been awarded annually by the Hahndorf Academy since 1997. This is the first time a photographer has won the $10,000 prize.
A note from the judges: "Small waves rise like ruffled carpet out to sea or as dark undulating dunes rippling to the horizon. This is a truly unique work where scale is lost and the macrocosm and microcosm drift in a strangely beguiling flux."
In Ché's words:
"The winning photograph was taken at Petrel Cove, Victor Harbor. I had to walk a small portion of the Heysen Trail to get to the ocean, pretty apt I thought.
"I must thank everyone involved, I'm quite overwhelmed.
"Particular thanks goes to the Heysen family, the judges, the Hahndorf Academy and their amazing staff and volunteers and all those who have supported the arts and come along to the exhibition.
"The exhibition of the 47 finalists runs until November 30, 2014. It's a remarkable exhibition of Australian landscapes and interpretations of place and worth a trip to Hahndorf.
"Thanks as always, and see you in the ocean."
This achievement comes hot on the heels of Ché's hugely successful SALA exhibition 'The Sea and Me'. Keep an eye out for that series, his first solo show, as it travels to assorted venues. Ché has recently become a dad as well! We wish him absolutely all the best for future successes.