We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Finalist: 16-18 year olds

Anupama Pangeni Unconditional

Age 17

16-18 year olds

Over the last year, I’ve gotten to know my mum in a way I never have before; she has truly become my rock during days when I feel overwhelmed, carrying me through with unconditional love and care. I’ve learned more about her life and youth, and how she turned challenging situations into milestones of wisdom and strength. She’s always been very busy with work, family and study, but when I need her she’s there, with her knowing look, listening to my fears and always finding the energy to help me face them.