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BP logo BP Portrait Award 2006 - Visitor's Choice

First place: 615 votes

Silvia
by Vanessa Garwood
oil on canvas

Second place: 591 votes

Mr & Mrs Gardiner
by Iain Gardiner
oil on canvas

Third place: 581 votes

Dr Wayper
by Rebecca Smith
acrylic on board

Fourth place: 508 votes

Napi
by Gregory Cumins
oil on canvas

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