The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is a prestigious art award that champions biodiversity and encourages excellence in natural history art. In 2012, the exhibition celebrates 10 years of the competition that has received over 6,500 entries from 29 countries, and has injected over $1 million back into the arts community. The prize was first put in place to honour SA Museum's first curator, zoologist Frederick George Waterhouse.
This year's winner was Margaret Loy Pula from the Northern Territory who took home the overall prize with her painting Anatye (Bush Potato)
. Not only a huge achievement for Margaret, this year also marks the first time an Australian Aboriginal artwork has won the main prize. Twelve other works were awarded prizes which you can check out here.
The judges said of Margaret's work: "This work has a wonderful delicacy, almost fragility, but there's a strength in the colours coming through. Spectacular detail leads to a work reminiscent of natural shapes, such as spider webs or leaf patterns, with strength coming from cells joined together. The work makes you want to look into it and go on a journey with it."