Benalla Nude Art prize goes to naked women lovers

1.48PM: A painting depicting two naked women in a loving embrace has taken out this year's $50,000 Benalla Nude Art Prize. 

Chilean-born Melbourne artist Juan Davila won the prize for his painting titled After Image

Judge, renowned historian and curator Daniel Thomas made the announcement at the Benalla Art Gallery this morning.

Mr Davila said he was thrilled to win the prize and thanked the gallery. 

"I just wanted to paint a love scene, a tender moment, and women as a couple - you don't often see that represented," he said.

*note* This image has been cropped. See the full version in tomorrow's news edition.