A HUNTER school has almost scooped the pool in a national photographic and portrait prize.
Warners Bay High student Alex Winner won the secondary school senior section of this year’s Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
It was a category of the world’s wealthiest art competition, the Moran Prizes, which each year pays out $300,000 to Australian artists.
Moran Prizes this year had a record 330,409 entries across its photographic and portrait categories.
Alex Winner took home $5000 for his dark work, Introspection.
Sydney artist Leslie Rice won this year’s main prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, worth $150,000.
Warners Bay High students have won an award in three years out of four.
Tamara Schier won the year 9-10 category in 2010 as did Wanagi Zable-Andrews in 2009.
Alex Winner’s victory in 2012 was complemented by two of his fellow Warners Bay high students, sisters Maddison and Lauren Moulton, who were also named finalists in the senior category with Central Coast students Tamar Kaplan and Aaron Patterson.
The Moran Prizes are on display in a free exhibition in Bridge Street, Sydney, for the next three months.