|Sid Thornbury 2011|
The Olive Cotton Award began in 2005 as an annual award for excellence in photographic portraiture offering a $10,000 acquisitive major prize, funded by Cotton’s family in memory of “one of Australia's leading twentieth century photographers” (Art Gallery NSW, 2000). 2009 marked the change of the Award from annual to biennial starting in 2011. Consequently the major prize doubled to $20,000 and the Director’s Choice purchase awards, sponsored by the Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery, doubled to $4,000. The winning and purchased works join the Tweed River Art Gallery’s “Australian Portrait Collection”.