I just received an email from a friend saying that the Major prize was withdrawn because the winner failed to meet some of the competition requirements...ie the work was not created within the last 12 months.
The prize was awarded to another artist.
I guess this has been quite stressful for the gallery staff, but they seem to have resolved the problem.
Now that the major prize money is $10,000 people are going to be that bit more interested in the results. Anyway, I will enter again next year.