29 May 2013
CAPT Matt Gauldie (NZDF Artist) with First place winner, Sam Sutcliffe of Kerikeri.
Springbank School student Sam Sutcliffe has won a day with the Army as first prize in Operation Anzac Spirit, a poster competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force as part of Anzac Day.
Sam’s poster was chosen from 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.
Sam’s great great uncle died in the Battle of Loos and was the inspiration behind his poster.
"I am a scout at Kerikeri Scout Group and always like to go to the dawn parade to honour men like my great great uncle," Sam said.
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.
"Sam’s painting was his own interpretation of what Anzac Day means to him, which was this year’s competition theme. I was impressed by the mood Sam was able to create with just paint and paper collage. Sam’s painting felt like a personal insight into his feelings about what Anzac Day feels like to him," CAPT Gauldie said.
Sam said he was he was ecstatic when he heard he won the Operation Anzac Spirit art competition. "I was completely amazed, I’ve never won anything," Sam said.
Sam has chosen to spend a day with the Army as his prize. "I really enjoy looking at all the different types of vehicles and I would like to design combat vehicles when I am older," Sam said.
The top three place getters 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 on Friday.
MAJGEN Keating said that the Defence Force has been running an art competition since 2007 to encourage students to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.
Second place winner, 11 year old Jaimie Hawley of Christchurch, will spend a day with the Air Force. Third place winner, 11 year old Lily Webber of Auckland, will spend a day with the Navy.
Four runners up received NZ Defence Force prize packs: David Frear, 10, of Northland, Graeson McLellan, 11, of Opotiki, Esther Chung, 12, of Christchurch and Ella Hume, 12, of Masterton.
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