New Plymouth artist Anne Holliday won the top award at the annual Taranaki Art Awards in Opunake last week.
Her work, titled Leo Dying, claimed the TSB Community Trust Painting Award, which carries a cash prize of $2000, ahead of dozens of other works.
The Sandfords Event Centre was again transformed into a labyrinth of art, including "living artwork" performances by the Opunake Players.
The organisation's chairwoman, Suzie Stanley, said the level of competition kept improving.
"It's not usually a pretty picture that wins, as such; the piece of work needs to tell a story," she said.
Mrs Stanley said the judges had hit the nail on the head with their winners this year.
The awards, in their 11th year, are a national competition giving artists a chance to exhibit and sell their work.
About 240 artworks from throughout New Zealand will be exhibited at the centre until Saturday.
Category winners were: TSB Community Trust Painting Award winner: Anne Holliday for Leo Dying; Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Rural Taranaki Award winner: Jasmine Middlebrook for The Unfaithful Shepherd; Shell Todd Oil Services Ltd 3D Award winner: Kathryn Wightman for Curious; Gibson Plumbing/Corkill Systems/Sinclair Electrical Works on Paper Award winner: Margaret Silverwood for Womb Chair; Opunake Businesses Fibre Art Award winner: Jacqueline Elley for Muka Moon; Tui Ora Ltd and Parininihi Ki Waitotara Trust Toi Tu Taranaki Award winner: Steve Molly for Forward Focus; TSB Community Trust Photography Award winner: Rebecca Scott for Lost image 198618691902.
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