Fanny Scorcher wins Turnip Prize for her Bush Fire Down Under knickers

Fanny Scorcher wins Turnip Prize for her Bush Fire Down Under knickers

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of a pair of knickers with a burnt hole in the front named "Bush fire down under", created by Fanny Scorcher, which has won top honours at this year's Turnip Prize. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

‘Bush fire down under’ created by Fanny Scorcher won this year’s Turnip Prize (Picture: PA)

A pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours in this year’s Turnip Prize.

The spoof award goes to someone who has ‘created something that they perceive to be crap art using the least amount of effort possible’.

The gong went to ‘Bush Fire Down Under’ by an artist called Fanny Scorcher.

The winner, who described himself as a hairdresser, said: ‘My inspiration came from Toni Doherty, a woman in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, who during the recent bush fire rescued a koala.

‘I am singed with excitement and have always had a burning desire to win this prestigious award.’

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of the herb thyme discarded from its jar named "A complete waste of thyme", created by Canna B. Bothered, at this year's Turnip Prize, where a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A complete waste of Thyme was created by Canna B. Bothered (Picture: PA)

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of a pile of leaves and bones named "The Leaves and the Remains", created by David Ehmann, at this year's Turnip Prize, where a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The Leaves and the Remains created by David Ehmann (Picture: PA)

The 69-year-old, from Somerset, dedicated the award to Ms Doherty and Ellenborough Lewis, the koala who later died from his injuries.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux said this year’s award attracted more than 100 entries.

‘I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create this work,’ he said.

‘This year’s event attracted a record total of 107 entries.

‘It’s fantastic that Fanny has won, he clearly has what it takes to be recognised in modern art circles and will be remembered in art history for no time at all.

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of a romaine lettuce leaf named "Lettuce Leaf or Romaine", created by Will Ted Gutfall, at this year's Turnip Prize, where a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Lettuce Leaf or Romaine created by Will Ted Gutfall (Picture: PA)

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of an empty egg box named "Poached Eggs", created by Henry Yolking, at this year's Turnip Prize, where a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Poached Eggs created by Henry Yolking (Picture: PA)

‘I believe that over the last 21 years, the artists entering the Turnip Prize have created by far better works than Alex Farquharson and the Tate Britain Gallery could ever wish to exhibit.’

The Turnip Prize pokes fun at modern art’s most important award, the Turner Prize.

It began in 1999 as a response to Tracey Emin’s unmade bed, which was exhibited at the Tate Gallery that year.

Winners of the competition, organised by a Somerset pub, receive an actual turnip attached to a wooden base.

Handout photo issued by Trevor Prideux of Thomas the tank engine in a saucepan named "Thomas Cooked", by Asif, at this year's Turnip Prize, where a pair of underpants with a burnt hole in them has won top honours. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. See PA story ARTS Turnip. Photo credit should read: Trevor Prideux/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Thomas Cooked by Asif (Picture: PA)
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