Eckersley’s Members’ Encouragement Award (EME Award) | Online

We are excited to bring you our latest online offering to assist in bringing our wonderful community of pastellists together. Our EME Awards run monthly (in most months of the year) and serve as an opportunity for members to submit artwork for valuation by members of the Society. Points are accumulated for each entry as well as additional ones for those who win 1st and 2nd place each month. These points are tallied for prizes to be given at the last members’ meeting of the year in December.


We encourage our members to enter – we really want to acknowledge your artwork and be part of your art journey. Even if you think yours is not as good as everyone else’s – it doesn’t matter. We are all here to learn and be encouraged by our fellow artists. This is what our Society is all about – to give advice & encouragement to artists to develop their pastel painting skills and hopefully the opportunity to learn from seeing others’ work and, of course, from the demonstrations and talks given at the meetings.

Here’s how the competition will run :

  1. In the 1st (first) week of the month, Members will be sent an email asking them to submit a painting via email. Each member is allowed to enter one painting only.
    Members are asked to submit via email, two (2) photos z
    a) a hi-resolution image of your painting prior to framing
    b) an image of you next to your painting (your painting can be framed for this 2nd image) Email both to
    For the second photograph we suggest you asking a member of your household to take the photo for you, or use the ‘time-lapse’ function on your camera, tablet or smartphone, or take a ‘selfie’.  If you find this too onerous, email us the image of your painting (unframed) and a separate image of just yourself.
    VERY IMPORTANT : include which Category you are entering in ie. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional. For more information on these Categories, see Further Information below.
  2. In the 2nd (second) week of the month, your entry will be allocated a number and uploaded to our EME Award Entries webpage (for that particular month).
  3. In the 3rd (third) week of the month, Members will be sent an email with a link to this webpage and asked to vote choosing one number (ie. one painting) from each of the 4 categories (Emerging, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional) ie. you will vote for a total of 4 (four) paintings.
    You then email your selection of numbers back to us at by the date specified in the email.
  4. In the 4th (fourth) week of the month, the votes will be tallied and the winners announced at our next online monthly meeting and also uploaded to our EME Award Entries & Winners webpage
  5. The winners of each of the 4 (four) categories will be emailed a Certificate via email.
  6. The winners will also be promoted on our Facebook Group at
  7. If we receive any enquiries about your painting eg. to purchase, we will put them in touch with the artist

You can find all the web links for our EME Awards under the Awards heading in our menu at the top of our website.

Further information

There are four sections for entering and voting by financial members : Emerging. Intermediate, Advanced and Professional.

The first section is Emerging, (for those artists who have never won any award anywhere and/or who are new to the medium). If an artist wins this section two years in a row, they automatically advance to the Intermediate Section.

The second section is Intermediate,  (for those artists who have won minor awards – internally or in external shows, such as ‘commended’ or ‘highly commended’, but have never won a major prize). If an artist wins this section two years in a row, they automatically advance to the Advanced Section.

The third section is Advanced, in which the members have won the Intermediate Section two years in a row; or are winners of categories in the PSVA Exhibitions; or are proficient artists on entry to the Pastel Society and have won prizes in external shows, but are new to the medum.

The Professional Section is for Professional/Career artists who have won the Advanced section two years in a row.

Every time a painting is entered online, that person receives one point. From the tallying of the votes, the first choice in each section receives three points, and the second choice receives two points. So at the end of the year, when the points are tallied, if you have entered a painting every month, your points might add up to more than a person who has entered a painting only 2 or 3 times and has won the EME Award for those months. A prize is given to the winners of each section.

Note : this is a public vote and no argument will be entered into.

Monthly Entries & Winners 2020

click on the month or photo to view

5 Oct 2020

Franziska Skunca – Emerging 1st Place


7 Sep 2020

Gayle Newcombe – Advanced 2nd Place


3 Aug 2020

Robert Diss – Intermediate 1st Place


6 Jul 2020

Ricky Schembri – Advanced 2nd Place


1 Jun 2020

Helen Miles – Professional 1st Place


4 May 2020

Sue Rochford -Advanced 2nd Place

EME Award Annual Winners 2019

EME 2019_Mardi Joplin | Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia

Caroline Lewallen (left) presenting the 2019 Annual EME Award 1st Place, Emerging Artist to Mardi Joplin


Emerging – Mardi Joplin
Intermediate – Peter Fielding
Advanced – Pauline McCutcheon 


Emerging – Catherine Wite and Isabelle McKenzie (equal points) 
Intermediate – Robert Diss 
Advanced – Lois Bannister and Helen Permezel (equal points)

EME Award Annual Winners 2020

Kerryn Young tied 2nd place in the Intermediate category


Emerging – Mardi Joplin
Intermediate – Joe Zapp
Advanced – Jenny Griffiths
Professional – Caroline Lewallen


Emerging – Denise Tomlinson
Intermediate – Sue Rochford and Kerryn Young
Advanced – Peter Fielding
Professional – Helen Miles