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CONGRATULATIONS
GRAND FINAL WINNERS

DO NOT GO WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD. GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL.
-Emerson


Art Toppling Tobacco thanks all artists who have participated in submitting work since the beginnings of this competition/project in 2010. All art on the site is a valued contribution to doing damage to the tobacco industry.

Gratitude plus goes to Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Australians are very proud of Dr Nelson who as President of the Australian Medical Association, took a strong public stand against sponsorship of sport events by cigarette companies. What a relief that we no longer see those cigarette ads as we view sport on television.

As the Grand Final Judge, Dr Nelson looked into every submission on the site with considered thought using his experience as a medical doctor.  






FIRST PLACE - $6,000



TITLE: 
TOXIC

Name: Elise Martinson
CITY: Burwood
STATE: NSW

ABOUT THE ART
While the health risks associated with smoking are well known, cigarettes also have a significant negative impact on the environment. Cigarettes don’t only do damage to your body, they also contribute to air, land and sea pollution, killing wildlife and altering ecosystems. This slightly surreal illustration captures the effects of smoking on the body and the environment, showing how our choice to smoke or quit can go on to have much a bigger impact on the world around us.

Dr Nelson's comments
The despair and desolation of nicotine addiction and its seemingly endless capacity to capture completely its victims.



7 EQUAL RUNNERS UP - $2,000 each



TITLE: 
IS IT DANGEROUS?

Name:Eddy Sara
City:Melbourne
State:Vic

ABOUT THE ART
I created my piece using a mechanical pencil on paper which was then scanned and finished off using digital means with Photoshop. I was inspired partly by the death of my Grandfather who died with Ephezema, and in part by the advertising of tobacco through the 1950s.

Dr Nelson's comments
A powerful concept, appeals to the vintage theme and generation that is attracted to it.




TITLE: 
COUGH UP

Name:Lucy Bonnin
City:Adelaide
State:SA

ABOUT THE ART
With this graphite and ink sketch I wanted to show how the tobacco companies view people. Each cigarette is money in their pocket. Each new addiction is an investment for tomorrow. The people are 'coughing up' cash, not only for cigarettes but the cost of their health.

Dr Nelson's comments
Whilst health issues are prevalent in advertising, the money wasted and literally smoked is staggering.




TITLE: 
ONE LAST DRAG BEFORE I QUIT (AGAIN)

Name: Karsten Stier
City: Warrnambool
STATE: VIC

ABOUT THE ART
Digital Image of a Painting I made, which doesn't exist any more. -Tobacco, the most scientifically engineered Addictive substance on earth!

Dr Nelson's comments
A powerful image of a seasoned smoker; sucking the final flickers of light from his cigarette. A metaphor of what his addiction is doing to his own life. The concentration, weakness and sorrow in his facial expression says it all; a look almost of defeat.




TITLE: 
GAME OF LIFE

Name: Oliver (aged  9) and Bella (aged  9)
CITY: Queanbeyan
STATE: NSW

ABOUT THE ART
For our collaborative art installation we have depicted a chess board – showing a war between health and death. On the side of life we replaced all of the pawns with babies to show the harm that smoking can have during pregnancy. On the side of evil we have replaced all of the chess pieces with actual cigarettes, to show the conflict between health and death. We have collected health warnings and gruesome images from l cigarette packages, and arranged the images on our installation. Our aim is to make the viewer question their own choices when playing with their life.

Dr Nelson's comments
A clever interpretation of playing with life and death (the transition from good health to death). A very powerful message.




TITLE: 
HOOKED

Name: Louis Pol
CITY: Neutral Bay
STATE: NSW

ABOUT THE ART
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Dr Nelson's comments
A simple and effective artwork, with a clear message.




TITLE: 
DANGER. IT'S A TRAP

Name:Sarah Edwards
CITY: Kangaroo Flat
STATE: VIC

ABOUT THE ART
My photograph articulates how smoking is a trap, one that millions of people unfortunately fall into and never seem to be able to find their way out of. Escaping such a trap as smoking is definitely possible, but to do so requires a person to have a lot of will power and determination. The empty cigarette packets show with the headings, “Smoking Kills” and “Smoking Doubles Your Risk of Stroke” to emphasise how terrible this trap and the penalty of falling into it can eventually take your life.

Dr Nelson's comments
Clever but clear message, the netting itself depicts a constriction and once caught unable to break free.




TITLE: 
SUICIDE

Name: Kristine
City: Sydney
State: NSW

ABOUT THE ART
Inspired by wearable art and Banksy.Promote smoking as a choice rather than a 'don't do'ie...choosing to kill yourself.

Dr Nelson's comments
Clear message – cigarette bomb and smoke shaped skull, death is a factor!


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