Defence poster competition won by Ruatoria student

Operation Anzac Spirit winners (from left) Carlos Paenga, Ali Abbari, and Niva Chittock with NZDF Chief of Staff Air Commodore Mike Yardley and NZDF Artist Captain Matt Gauldie at the prizegiving ceremony.

18 May 2012

The excellent computer skills demonstrated by Ruatoria’s Carlos Paenga (11) have won him first place in Operation Anzac Spirit, a poster competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force as part of Anzac Day.

Almost 250 entries were received during the competition, which asked Year 7 and 8 students to design and create a poster showing Anzac Day in their communities.

New Zealand Defence Force Artist Captain (CAPT) Matt Gauldie judged the competition, and said selecting a winner was difficult as there were many entries that stood out.

"Carlos’s poster showed off his excellent computer skills and his ability to create a well constructed and thought-out piece of art. Carlos’s use of special effects and the transposing of one image through another have allowed him to show several different aspects of Anzac Day on his poster," CAPT Gauldie said.

The top three winners were presented with their prizes by New Zealand Defence Force Chief of Staff Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Mike Yardley at a prizegiving ceremony at Defence House today.

AIRCDRE Yardley said the quality of the posters was outstanding, and it was encouraging to see so many young New Zealanders learning about Anzac Day and how it is commemorated by entering the competition.As part of his prize, Carlos has chosen to spend a day with the Navy. The second place winner, Niva Chittock (11) of Christchurch, chose to spend a day with the Air Force, and the third place winner, Ali Abbari (12) also of Christchurch will spend a day with the Army.Four runners up received a NZ Defence Force prize pack: James Murray (11), of North Shore, Patrick Takura and Mitchell Smith of Hunterville, and Ginny Gibbs (12), of Hastings


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