Pro tip for all you artists out there: make your work look exactly like a photograph and you will win cash prizes! The NY Times reports that 50-year-old Brooklyn painter Ran Ortner was awarded the grand prize of $250,000 last night at ArtPrize, a public competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

That's allegedly the biggest chunk of change anyone has received in an art competition. Ortner's work, Open Water No. 24 (a three-panel depiction of deep blue waves) was the only painting in the top 10, and was up against 1,200 pieces.

The Brooklyn gallery representing him is Causey Contemporary on Grand Street; see more of his work here.