Sally's the one giving the speech, and in the line of nominees, Michelle's the one in the red dress:
When the prize was announced, I was standing next to publisher Barry Cunningham and author Rachel Ward (black blouse, with the glasses), who didn't win the prize. But I must say, the write-up for her book, Numbers, sounded the most interesting of the lot. It's about a girl who can see exactly when each person is going to die when she meets them, and how that affects her relationships with them. That sounds a lot like a daydream I had as a kid, on long car journeys, when I imagined I could see a billboard on top of every single car on the freeway, saying exactly where each car was going and why they were going there.
And here's a little portrait I did the other day for a DFC prize winner named Katherine. (Keep checking the DFC website for all sorts of competitions.) I hope she doesn't mind being a mermaid, but in the photo, she had great hair that I thought would be fun to make all swirly.