There is nothing in the world quite like the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). On Friday evening, thousands of spectators gathered on the lawns of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to hear the winners of the 26th annual awards announced.

In a result bound to elicit some controversy, the $40,000 main prize was awarded to the Canberra based contemporary artist Danie Mellor for his mixed media work From Rite to Ritual. According to Mellor, the work explores the "uneasy co-existence" of Indigenous and settler cultures.