Award 2019

The exhibition of all of the entries was one of the true highlights of the Lightning Ridge Opal Festival and there were thousands of visitors all lovers of opal that came to see the jewellery, carving and hand sketch exhibition . The Gala night held on Friday to announce the winners to industry members, sponsors, locals and international guests was as spectacular as the entries we received. If you didn’t make it to the Gala this year we hope to see you at the next awards in 2021. 

Here are the finalists and winners of each category. (click on the names to view the image)

 

Alf White Memorial Day Wear

Finalists

Miroslav Schulc “Starry Starry Night

Miroslav Schulc “Effeminancy

 

And the winner of the Alf White Memorial Day Wear is

First Place Miroslav Schulc “Effeminancy

 

Alf White Memorial Evening Wear

Finalists

Miroslav Schulc “Starry Starry Night

Miroslav Schulc “Effeminancy

Caz Peters “Sephany

 

And the winners of the Alf White Memorial Evening Wear are:

Highly Commended Caz Peters “Sephany

First Place Miroslav Schulc “Starry Starry Night

 

Non Professional Abstract Carving

Finalists

Christina Loewe “Green Vein

Penny-ann Clark “Fan

Penny-ann Clark “Honey Rainbow

Penny-ann Clark “Mullock Heaps

Brett Kemeny “Cuttlefish

Helen Ward “Blue Cascade

 

And the winners of the Non Professional Abstract Carving are:

Highly Commended Brett Kemeny “Cuttlefish

First Place Christine Loewe “Green Vein

 

Non Professional Figurative Carving

Finalists

Christine Loewe “Hippi Crocodile

Sara Smith “Feather

 

And the winners of the Non Professional Figurative Carving are:

Highly Commended Sara Smith “Feather

First Place Christine Loewe “Hippi Crocodile

 

Jewellery Hand Sketches

Finalists

Lin Hao-Pei “It brings you good luck

Jennifer Rowlands “Seahorse

Yun-Chen Hsieh “The Magic Lamp

Si-Ying Chen “Spring

Meghna Singh “Fierce Elegance

 

And the winners of the Jewellery Hand Sketches are:

Highly Commended Si-Ying Chen “Spring

First Place Jennifer Rowlands “Seahorse

 

Fantasy

Finalists

Dean Walker “It Came from Outer Space

Mac Art Jewellery “My Steam Punk Fantasy 2

Sherman Opals “Siren Sea Goddess

 

And the winners for Fantasy are:

Highly Commended Peter Sherman “Siren Sea Goddess

First Place Mac Art Jewellery “My Steam Punk Fantasy 2

 

Designer Wear for Men

Finalists

Justine Buckley “Enchanted Oasis

Carmen Kai Man Hui “Prince Rock

 

And the winners for Designer Wear for Men are:

Highly Commended Carmen Kai Man Hui “Prince Rock

First Place Justine Buckley “Enchanted Oasis

 

Professional Abstract Carving

Finalists

Cheryl Kasper “Hypnotic

Daniela L’Abbate “Balancing Rocks

Daniela L’Abbate “Yoda”

Justine Buckley “Helicoid

 

And the winners of Professional Abstract Carving are:

Highly Commended Daniela L’Abbate “Yoda”

First Place Daniela L’Abbate “Balancing Rocks

 

Professional Figurative Carving

Finalists

Cheryl Kasper “Drago Verdi

Daniela L’Abbate “Indigo Iris

The Gemstone Trading Company “Marine Magic

Katharina Zimmer “Octopus

 

And the winners of the Professional Figurative Carving are:

Highly Commended Katharina Zimmer “Octopus

First Place The Gemstone Trading Company “Marine Magic

 

Prestige Professional Jewellery

Finalists

John McCallum “Flight of Fancy

Paloma Sanchez “Medusa’s Sting

Warren Brown (Whitneys Jewellers) “Red Admiral Butterfly

 

And the winners of the Prestige Professional Jewellery are:

Highly Commended John McCallum “Flight of Fancy

Highly Commended Warren Brown (Whitneys Jewellers) “Red Admiral Butterfly

First Place Paloma Sanchez “Medusa’s Sting

 

The Christine Roussel Incentive Award winner is:  The Gemstone Trading Company “Marine Magic

 

The visitors to the jewellery exhibition were asked  to vote on their favourite entry and the result was the winner of the
People’s Choice: Justine Buckley “Imperial Chaos