The Winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018 is…

Ana Schmidt has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Europe’s leading open competition for figurative and representational art, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. 

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Lewis McNaught, Chairman of the Selection Panel and Director of Mall Galleries with Alison Jefferis, Head of Corporate Affairs, Columbia Threadneedle Investments present the winners trophy to Ana Schmidt.

I was delighted to be one of the photographers attending the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Awards Reception on Tuesday night where Ana was announced this years winner for her ‘Realist’ painting of a derelict cityscape entitled Dead End.

 

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Ana Schmidt holding the winners trophy for the 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Her winning painting Dead End is proudly displayed behind her.

I have been lucky enough to photograph the event over the years and from my point of view it was one of the best. There was a good turn out on the night and I managed to capture some of the atmosphere, the anticipation and the build up to the announcement of shortlisted finalists before the winner was announced.

 

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The above image shows just a small sample from the diverse range of art on show at the exhibition.

The exhibition is open until 17 February, admission is free and it is well worth spending some time having a look around the varied works of art on display.

 

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Some of the guest discuss some of the finer points of one of the paintings at the exhibition.

 

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One of my favourites of the show – Nowhere near Gotham (Cast marble and digital print) by Cathy Lewis.
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A couple of the incredible paintings being admired by the guests.

 

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Its a packed gallery as the guests mingle and jockey for position to view the incredible artworks on view.

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