12 September 2022
2022 Showcase Esperance Winners Announced

Esperance Shire Councillors recently selected this year’s Showcase Esperance competition winners.
There were ten entries in this year’s competition, working on the theme ‘Embracing Change’. The competition is broken down into five categories, and Councillors deliberated carefully before selecting the following winners:
  1. Lower Primary: Hudson Bertola
  2. Upper Primary: Spence Pokela
  3. High School: Joint Winners – Riley Butler & Hayley Fletcher
  4. Non Professional: Dot Labuscagne
  5. Digital: Josua Andahl
Shire Councillors greeted category winners and awarded $50 gift vouchers, redeemable from local businesses, at the Showcase Esperance event at the Shire administration building on Thursday 8 September.

The Overall Winner was Dot Labuscagne, who won $500 worth of gift vouchers from local businesses for her stunning artwork showing the Esperance port and foreshore, complete with the familiar red helicopter, whale tail, and new swim enclosure and lap pontoon.
Dot’s winning entry will be displayed at Yagan Square in the Perth CBD, with the overall winner for WA to be announced at the 2022 WA Local Government Convention early in October.
Esperance Shire President Ian Mickel was impressed with the entries, saying "Picking winners from the fabulous entries we received was tough, each one showed a different aspect of Esperance, using a range of styles and mediums".
"Dot is certainly a prolific artist, she also won in 2020 but the competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will be great to see Dot’s artwork up on the big screen at Yagan Square. I’m sure everyone in Esperance will be wishing her luck in the state competition!"
Shire of Esperance CEO Shane Burge said the annual contest is a highlight in the calendar for Esperance’s artistic community and school children.
"It’s fantastic to see our younger generation’s artwork each year, and how they translate their vision of our home into images”, he said.
“This year we have everything from Cape Barren Geese, dolphins, beach scenes and landscapes, to a racing car sliding into the turn at the speedway and what looks like a hard-fought footy game. As Dot stated in the explanation of her artwork, Esperance won’t fail anyone looking for inspiration, and that’s clearly illustrated with these expressive artworks."
"We’re so fortunate here in Esperance to have a thriving art culture, and this competition gives our local artists the opportunity to have their work displayed on a state-wide level.”
All the entries and details of the competition can be viewed online here.
Non Professional winning entry and Overall Winner - Dot Labuscagne
Junior Primary winning entry - Hudson Bertola
Upper Primary winning entry - Spence Pokela
Secondary School joint winning entry - Riley Butler
Secondary School joint winning entry - Hayley Fletcher
Digital winning entry - Josua Amdahl
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