Beyoncé wins second prize in Brent Tate portrait competition

“In Vain”, by Melissa Murchison

By Shirley Higgins-Croft

The results of the Plain Dealer portrait competition have been announced in a ceremony today at L’Unico convention centre. The competition, open to kids ten years and under, attracted more than seventy  thousand entries from 56 countries. Their brief was to produce a portrait of NRL legend, Brent Tate, whose story of pain, triumph and ultimate failure has captivated a half generation of sports fans.

The winning portrait, ‘In Vain‘ (pictured above), drawn by Melissa Murchison, 8, of Parramatta Park (below) was determined by the judges to have “captured the empty and doomed pursuit of that second premiership.”

Melissa proudly cradles her prize

Runner-up was Beyoncé Phelan, 9, of Machans Beach, who won the second prize of a medium-sized onion for her portrait (below) entitled “My Hero, My Tatey“.

“My hero, my Tatey” by Beyoncé Phelan

Third prize winner, Margot Smyth-Pennington, 7, of Edge Hill was praised for her pencil sketch, “Tate trains on Trinity“, (below) but the work was criticised by judges as being “too carefree and filly-like”. 

Tate trains on Trinity” by Margot Smyth-Pennington

Published by murraymurchison

Editor in Chief at the Trinity Beach Plain Dealer

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