Those who Stand to Defend our Land

National NAIDOC Committee Media Release – Winner of the 2014 National NAIDOC Poster Competition announced

Torres Strait Islander artist, Harry Pitt, has won the prestigious 2014 National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

Mr Pitt will receive a $5,000 cash prize and his artwork will feature on the 2014 National NAIDOC poster. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2014, which runs from 6-13 July.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, and National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell, announced Mr Pitt’s submission, titled Those who Stand to Defend our Land, as the winning artwork for 2014.

Mr Mitchell said the winning entry cleverly reflected this year’s NAIDOC theme – Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.

“Those who Stand to Defend our Land is a powerful piece of work that tells a story about the young men and women who are doing their very best to protect their home and serve their country,” Mr Mitchell said.

Ms Martin said the 2014 National NAIDOC Poster Competition received more than 110 great entries but the Committee was unanimous in its selection of Mr Pitt’s work.

“We congratulate Mr Pitt and all the talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition,” Ms Martin said.

Mr Pitt’s artwork shows three brothers with their land behind them and the horizon before them, with their Elders reflected in the water giving them the strength to overcome what lies over the horizon.

To find out more about Harry Pitt and his winning artwork, visit www.naidoc.org.au

Media contact: Amy Williams, 02 6228 6437, or amy.williams@pmc.gov.au