The Glover Prize is one of the most prestigious awards an artist can win.
This year, one of Tasmania's own has claimed the coveted prize with his unique copper work.
Sebastian Galloway blew the judges away with his oil on copper work - View of Mt. Lyell through an Acid Raindrop.
The 31-year-old, of Hobart, said it felt great to win.
"I wasn't sure they had the right person initially," he said.
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The Glover Prize is awarded by the judges for the the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania - which must have been completed in the past 12 months.
The artist said his inspiration came from a collision of ideas.
"I've been working on copper for nearly a year now, kind of an experimental thing that turned into something I realised looked quite beautiful," Galloway said.
Galloway said he learnt about some of Queenstown's history and the connection to copper mining.
"[I had] an idea to make an image that had a connection to the material I was using, rather than just using it as some sort of pretty background," he said.
The work took about four weeks to produce, with the copper taking much of Galloway's time.
The artist has not only walked away with the prestigious title of Glover Prize winner, but also $50,000 in prize money.
"That's a blessing to any artist who wants to work and do that as their source of income," Galloway said.
He said though he had entered the competition once before, this was his first time as a finalist.
"I'd much rather this [work] represents me as an artist and what I do."
After trying his hand at both portraiture and landscape work, Galloway is already considering still-life as his next project.
This year the prize had 640 entries, with only 42 of those selected as finalists.
Judge Philip Bacon said deciding the finalists was hard.
"I think it's a really diverse and wonderful group," he said.
However, Mr Bacon said all the judges agreed they especially liked Galloway's technique and story that went with his work.
"From a technical point of view, it's an extraordinary thing," he said.
"He's a craftsman and an artisan as well.
"The role of an artist is to uplift, and to observe, and to think, then to reflect, and to make something that is very special."
Glover Prize curator Megan Dick said all the finalists' works showed a reconnection with nature, the landscape, and the Tasmanian environment after such a hard year with COVID-19.
"I'm really happy with the judges' choice," she said.
Ms Dick said as well as Tasmanian and Australian entries, there were 16 overseas entries.