Meet the Judges

Every great competition needs a great judge, and we have four!

Gillian Kaye Peebles

Gillian Kaye Peebles is a highly respected artist whose successful career spans some forty-five years. Her senior accreditations are with the Royal Academy of Arts in London and include ‘The Judging of Visual Arts at International Level’ and ‘Exhibition procedures and Artistic Studies’.

Gillian is the only Australian to hold these qualifications.

Nationally, she is the recipient of a ‘Certificate of Nomination’ for ‘Australian of the Year 2009’ for her contributions to the Arts of Australia.

Gillian will be judging the following Major Awards on 27 September:
Open Acquisitional, Non-Professional, Pinjarra Award, Highly Commended, Peel Region Award and Youth


A Judge’s Perspective, by Gillian Kaye Peebles
In this article, Gillian explains the judging process and what the Plein Air Down Under judges are looking for.

Download Here (pdf)

Quick draw awards

Feature Artists Lyn Diefenbach, Leon Holmes and Herman Pekel will be judging the Quick Draw Awards only, allowing them to participate in the Major Awards and avoiding any conflict of interest.