It has been nearly 10 years since the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize first handed out the chocolates to a young artist from the state’s South.
The inaugural prize was awarded to Hobart artist Hilton Owen in 2008 – when he was just 18-years-old.
“It gave me a lot of confidence to keep moving forward,” he said.
Curator Kylie Eastley said it was “a difficult gig” being an emerging artist.
“It’s fantastic for Tasmanian artists to be involved in a major exhibition,” she said.
RACT Insurance chief executive Trent Sayers said the portraiture prize was a “significant event [for] recognising emerging young artists”.
Entries for the 10th RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize close on June 30.