Selected by John McDonald, who chose 48 finalists from the 428 entries.

‘Ridgelines’ 100 x 125cm, mixed media on paper, 2012

‘This drawing was produced at the end of a series of work based on a trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory. However, it has become removed from a specific location (it could just as easily be an alpine landscape). I wanted to describe an environment that was vast, silent and still as well as being imbued with energy and anxiety. I think these competing emotions form a paradox that is at the heart of my experience of spending time in wilderness environments.’

(from the exhibition catalogue)