29 May 2013
MAJGEN Tim Keating (VCDF) and CAPT Matt Gauldie (NZDF Artist) with Reilly Webber, who received the award for third place on behalf on Lily Webber.
Bombay School student Lily Webber has won a day with the Navy as third prize in Operation Anzac Spirit, a poster competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force as part of Anzac Day.
Lily’s poster was one of around 400 entries in Operation Anzac Spirit, a competition for Year 7 and 8 students which asked them to submit a poster showing what Anzac Day means to them.
Both of Lily’s grandfathers fought in WWII, and were the inspiration behind her pastel drawing of a young soldier.
The competition was judged by NZ Defence Force Artist Captain (CAPT) Matt Gauldie, who said judging the competition was extremely difficult as the entries were of such a high standard.
"Lily's chalk pastel portrait of an ANZAC soldier showed a high level of technical skill in drawing. Chalk pastel as a medium is renowned for its difficulty to control", CAPT Gauldie said.
Lily said she was "amazed and excited" when she heard she had won third prize in the Operation Anzac Spirit art competition, she is also very excited about her day with the Navy.
The three top winners were presented with their prizes by Vice Chief of Defence Force, Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Keating at a prize-giving ceremony at Defence House in Wellington last Friday.
MAJGEN Keating said that the Defence Force has been running an art competition for students since 2007 to encourage students to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.
First place winner, 11 year old Sam Sutcliffe, of Kerikeri will spend a day with the Army as his prize. Second place winner, 11 year old Jaimie Hawley of Christchurch will spend a day with the Air Force.
Four runners up will receive a NZ Defence Force prize pack: David Frear, 10, of Northland, Graeson McLellan, 11, of Opotiki, Esther Chung, 12, of Christchurch and Ella Hume, 12, of Masterton.
For more information, contact Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980.