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Amy Jean Harding has won the $10,000 Australian Life photography competition for her image of an Indigenous woman in a Jesus t-shirt.
The photograph, titled Beryl and Jesus, was taken at Ross River in the Northern Territory to show Beryl's connection to both the Dreamtime and Christianity.
The judges of the event were founder of Head On festival Moshe Rosenzveig, award winning photographer Dean Sewell and visual arts coordinator Nina Miall, chose Ms Hardings photograph as the winner.
The judges said Ms Harding's work is “a photograph that addresses complex issues of gender, race and religion distilled into a striking and affective portrait".
Ms Harding's photograph was chosen over 22 finalists from 1,400 entrants.
Ms Harding met Beryl at the Big Sing in the Dessert which brings together Indigenous singers in Ross River.
Ms Harding said on Facebook, Beryl & Jesus signifies the impact of two cultures coming together through song ... awe-inspiring ladies sing Christian hymns in their ancient language & harmonies. It's enough to give you goosebumps regardless of your own faith, opinions or culture".
Seven-year-old Alex Noel Saksena from Kellyville took top honours in the 3-7 year old category of the Little Sydney Lives competition with his photograph of ants outlining a map of Australia titled My Little Soldiers Guarding Australia.
Eleven-year-old Dibe Chaker from Guildford won the 8-11 year old category for her photograph 'Rose at Night', which shows a close up of a rose after rainfall.
The twenty-two Australian Life finalists and twenty Little Sydney Lives finalists are on display at North Hyde Park until October 8.
“This has been a favourite with Sydneysiders since 2002, and it’s easy to see why,” City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“The large scale shots on show along the St James walkway in Hyde Park North and Sandringham Gardens attract thousands of visitors who come to celebrate the creative spirits of some of our established, emerging and youngest photographers.”
The competitions are a part of the Art and About program which celebrates art in unconventional spaces.