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Shu Uemura Reveal 2017 Gallery of Style Finalists

Drumroll, please. Tokyo awaits a group of talented finalists announced this week as the final five in the Shu Uemura Gallery of Style Awards (formerly the Muse Image Awards). So as not to bury the lede, let’s congratulate the following finalists and highly commended stylists.

Danny Puopolo entry

The Gallery of Style finalists for 2017 are Bridget Gay of Chumba Concept Salon, Lauren Branciamore from The Salon Society, last year’s champion Danny Puopolo from Rakis on Collins, Ellie Martins of Wildlife Hair & Beauty and Adam McIntosh from Oscar Oscar Pacific Fair.

Bridget Gay entry

Meanwhile, the highly commended stylists were listed as Jessica Burt from Chumba Concept Salon, Jacky Chan of Oscar Oscar Chadstone and Hollie Bird from Chumba Concept Salon Warragul.

Ellie Martins entry

“It’s been incredible to witness the level of skill, commitment and sheer passion for the art of hair styling through all the submissions we’ve received this year,” said General Manager of Shu Uemura Art of Hair Australia, Sandra Kelly. “Well done to everyone who entered! The work of these five finalists is truly commendable and perfectly complements the Shu Uemura brand spirit. Big congratulations to all the finalists this year and we look forward to celebrating with all our salon partners in Melbourne in June for the National Finals Party!”

Lauren Branciamore entry

Entrants created artistic looks inspired by a Tokyorama theme true to the Shu Uemura brand, and finalists will now travel to Tokyo to realise these aesthetics in full. The five stylists will recreate their looks under the mentorship of Oscar Cullinan, Creative Director and owner of the Oscar Oscar Salon Group. The eventual competition winner will be announced at the National Finals Party in Melbourne on June 25, winning editorial coverage (including a ten page spread and profile in INSTYLE), products and entry into the International Gallery of Style.

Adam McIntosh entry

Good luck to those that are Tokyo-bound!

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