The 70 artworks chosen as finalists from a record 710 entries were on display at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
UNSW Art and Design’s Professor Ian Howard judged the items, choosing which would take the top award.
Professor Howard shared his favourite aspects of various works in each section before announcing the winners.
In Section C - Ceramics, he awarded top place to Vipoo Srivilasa for The Good, The Bad and the Cuddly (self portrait) 2016, white and black porcelain.
The exhibition will remain open from Sunday, March 12, to Sunday, May 7.