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LOCAL artists are being invited to enter the largest art prize in Scotland, expressing their own take on the Scottish landscape.

The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards 2013 are launched today at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. The Awards, which are made every two years, offer emerging artists the opportunity to win total prize money of £35,000, including a top prize of £25,000 and further £10,000 divided among the runners up.

The artist John Lowrie Morrison, the founder of the Awards said: “Scotland is blessed with a rich diversity of landscapes, every area is different, and the light is different everywhere. We are looking for artists from different areas who are really looking at the landscape around them, and the light around them, and finding their own unique way of responding to that in their painting.”

The Awards will be presented in June, 2013, which has been declared the Year of Natural Scotland by EventScotland. This follows the Year of Creative Scotland and is designed to celebrate and promote Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity.

John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, who is one of the judges, said: “Scotland is fortunate to have an incredibly rich tradition of landscape painting.

“From its origins in the 17th century right through to the present day, artists have found limitless inspiration in the breadth, variety and sheer breath-taking beauty of our extraordinary surroundings in this country.

“The Jolomo Awards are now well established as an important means to encourage artists to nurture and develop this tradition and the National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with The Jolomo Foundation to launch the 2013 Awards.”

The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards are open to all emerging artists who are committed to painting the Scottish landscape. The closing date for entries is January 14, 2013. For more information on the award and entry requirements, see www.jolomofoundation.org