Entries: 572 (32 selected)
Prize money: $35,000
Sponsor: Colonial Foundation
Exhibition dates: 22 March to 25 May 2003
Only selected finalists were exhibited; each artist could submit only one work
Two new conditions were introduced in 2003. Each artist could only submit one entry and artworks could be no larger than 90,000 square centimetres (for example, 3 metres by 3 metres, or 4.5 metres by 2 metres). This decision to restrict the size was made after the 2002 exhibition, because excessively large works create handling, judging and storing difficulties, as well as restricting the number that can fit in the exhibition.
Jan Williamson won the Packing Room Prize for the second year in a row, this time for a portrait of actor Rachel Ward.
Winner: Packing Room Prize 2003
Jan Williamson Rachel Ward
Winner: People's Choice 2003
Dalu Zhao 'Lao Fei' Stephen Fitzgerald