Zara (12) wins top prize in art competition

Zara Craig's winning picture.

A WORK entitled ‘Sarah’s Reflection’ by 12-year-old artist Zara Craig, from Ballyclare High School, is one of seven County Antrim artworks to have won top prizes in this year’s 66th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

All were winners of Special Merit Awards for artworks that Final Adjudicator, Professor Declan McGonagle, said “were imaginative and displayed high levels of skill”.

Other County Antrim winners, all from Belfast were: Beth McAlester (16), Sarah Frazer (15) and Evie Woods (13), all pupils at Victoria College; Carrie Bell (14) and Charley Bell (13), both pupils at Methodist College and Leah Grace Massey (14) from Bloomfield Collegiate School.

No strangers to the Competition, Zara and Carrie both won Special Merits Awards previously, last year and in 2011 respectively.

With the onset of Covid-19, the Competition had to be extended over a longer period this year with delays to the final adjudication process and the announcement of winners.

As a result, activities normally undertaken during April and May – traditionally, the introduction of winners to the media and the formal presentation of prizes – had to be set aside as a consequence of which prizes will be delivered without an awards ceremony.

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