The People’s Choice winners of the Northern Beaches Art Prize reflect isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist Kevin Paul’s photographic image ‘Life in Isolation’ was one of ten winning artists in the Open category.

The image of one child with a TV remote and another child looking longingly out a window was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S10 phone.

It captured the reality of life stuck indoors during lockdown with TV becoming boring and children wanting to go outside to play with their friends.

In July, the image was voted among 10 winners in the Open category.

“The stillness of this work creates a palpable sense of being locked away,” said the Art Prize judges.

The work ‘Alone’ is an acrylic on canvas in the Youth category. It was inspired by 15-year-old artist Brodie Folkard’s experience during the lockdown.

“During Covid-19 lockdown, I have faced difficulties with friends resulting in minor anxiety and feeling lonely most of the time. Overcoming this lockdown was a hardship as I was Alone,” said artist Brodie Folkard.

Both of the artists win a $500 prize. The 60 Open category finalists and 30 Youth category finalists are available to view on Council’s website until the end of the month.

“A big round of applause for the People’s Choice winners but also for all the finalists in this year’s competition,” said Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan.

“COVID has been a unique and emotional time for so many and you really see that reflected through the submitted works, in particular the winners of the People’s Choice.”

Meanwhile, four artists — Wendy Sharpe, Guy Maestri, Katherine Edney and Blak Douglas (Adam Hill) — who are currently exhibiting in the Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s Portrait Project exhibition have been selected as finalists in the 2020 Archibald Prize.

Images: Supplied by Northern Beaches Council. Credit to the artists.