The winner of the Devonport Award in Australia was just announced and you can read more (here). The winner is photographer and friend Matt Newton from Hobart, Tasmania.
There is about a 99% chance you have not heard of this art award, there are so many art awards out there, but in this award the winner recives a $15,000 check and the Devonport Gallery places the art work in their permanent collection. The cool thing about Matt is he is a photo journalist and not an art photographer. His winning photo Moonbird Boy is part of a documentry photo series. Matt talks about the photo in his blog (here) and says, "It seems pretty amazing to see a documentary photo win an Art prize - who says photography is dead !" Matt was also a finalist in this years Moran photographic Award.