There were 1891 paintings entered by 1615 candidates.
Phase One: 600 artists were selected from those who entered.
Phase Two: 250 artists were selected from 600 selected in the first round.
Phase Three: 23 finalists were selected from the 250.
Phase Four: 7 winners won awards from the 23 selected.
I got into the second phase. The catalogue is quite breath-taking. So many amazing pieces of art.