24 August 2012
Wendy JohnsonMedia OfficerE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three of the UK’s promising young artists have been named 2012 winners in the RSPB Wildlife Explorers annual ‘Wild Art’ competition.
The winners of the three age categories, Juliette Lemoine (15) of Glasgow, Lachie Fingland (12) of Callander and Elliot Dunsbee (7) of Chepstow, will have their winning pictures displayed at the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists in London’s ‘The Mall Galleries’ from 1st to 11th November, 2012.
Hundreds of young people aged 19 and under entered this year’s competition with paintings, drawings and collages of the wildlife and wild places that means the most to them.
Mark Boyd, RSPB Head of Youth and Education, said; ‘We were really impressed with the way all the entrants in the Wild Art competition managed to capture and express a special moment between themselves and the wild.
‘For some of the entrants this will be the start of a lifelong relationship with the natural World, which will ignite their desire to protect and champion the best of UK wildlife for us all to enjoy in the future.’
Juliette Lemoine (15) won the 13 and over age category of the competition with a collage of a pheasant. She said; ‘It’s really exciting to have won, and it will definitely motivate me to carry on as an artist. I love the colours, shapes and patterns found in nature and use these for my artworks. I enjoy going out sketching and feel really lucky that there is such a variety of wildlife to inspire me where I live in central Scotland.’
Lachie Fingland (12) won the 8 to 12 age category of the competition with his drawing of an owl. He said; ‘Living in the countryside in the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, wildlife and birds have always been part of my life. My Nana and Papa are very keen birdwatchers and are good at teaching me the different species either in the garden, on walks or on days out. My Papa has also encouraged me to draw from an early age although only recently I started to draw birds. I was very excited to hear I had won the competition and I can't wait to visit London and to see my picture hanging in the gallery.’
Elliot Dunsbee (7) of Chepstow won the under-8’s age category of the competition with a painting of a woodland scene at Whitestone, which overlooks the Wye Valley. He said; ‘I’m really pleased I won. I thought my painting looked very real and I liked doing it. It has an owl in it because owls and other hunting birds are my favourites.’
As well as being exhibited in London, the artists will see their work published in the RSPB’s junior membership magazines and have received gift vouchers for art supplies.
Find out more about getting young people interested in nature and wildlife at http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/ or to plan a visit to the exhibition go to http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk
The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Find out how to get involved in ‘Stepping Up for Nature’ at www.rspb.org.uk/steppingup
RSPB Wildlife Explorers is the junior membership of the RSPB. It is the largest children’s environmental club in the World with more than 195,000 young members
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