Fairfield City Art Society Inc.
Fairfield Art Society Online Open Art Prize 2021

Photography/Digital Prizes: Any Medium
Judges: Kurt Schranzer and Chelsea Lehmann

The Fairfield City Art Society thanks the judges and their respective academic institutions for their continued support of our exhibitions.

First Prize Photography/Digital: No. 82 "Luminescence" by Philip Johnson
Judges Comment: "‘The strength of this digital artwork lies partly in the power of the vista itself and partly in the monochromatic painterly effects that transforms the subject and aligns it to 19th century European Romantic landscape traditions, the mid-19th century American Hudson River School, and associated notions of nature, ruggedness, and sublimity. The shift between structural form and atmospheric ‘no-form’, presence and absence, and the photographic and painterly, are potent visual and technical devices.
Second Prize Photography/Digital: No. 91 "Venus" 
by Arthur Mavros
Judges Comment: "This is a visually striking work with a heightened sense of reality verging on ‘magic realism’ and surrealism. The artist has successfully staged the scene for maximum dramatic effect. Technically, it is a near-seamless digital composite."

Highly Commended
No. 92 "Pinnacles Dreaming" 
by Arthur Mavros
Judges Comment: "T‘Pinnacles Dreaming’ is a technically accomplished digital photograph, a fantasy of rock formations, sea, and sky evoking the grandeur of nature and the cosmos. From the judges’ perspective, it is a clever reimagining and ‘dreaming’ that the well-known natural limestone structures within the Pinnacles Desert have been reunited with the sea."

CommendedPhotography/Digital: No. 33 "Black Cockatoo" by Julie Powell