Operation Anzac Spirit 2014 winners. Laura Cain (middle), Yuna Paparoa (left) and Annabelle Connor (right).
27 May 2014
A painting showing a family visiting grave sites has won 11 year old Laura Cain, of Christchurch, first prize in the Operation Anzac Spirit art competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force.
Laura’s winning poster was chosen from 200 entries to the competition for Year 7 and 8 students, which asked them to submit a poster showing how they commemorate Anzac Day.
The competition was judged by NZ Defence Force Artist, Captain (CAPT) Matt Gauldie, who said judging the competition was extremely difficult.
"The entries were of such a high standard. I felt Laura's artwork displayed great creativity, painting skills and realism techniques for a person as young as Laura.
"This year's theme 'How I Commemorate Anzac Day' challenged the entrants to re-think traditional Anzac Day themes and place their own personal experiences and individual family stories into their art.
“Like Laura's winning piece, many of the other finalists showed a high level of artistic maturity and awareness. I am pleased to see young people thinking and expressing themselves through art in this smartphone generation,” CAPT Gauldie said.
The top three place-getters were presented with their prizes by Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Kevin Short, at a prize-giving ceremony at Freyberg House today.
Laura has chosen to spend a day with the Navy as her prize. Second place winner, 11 year old Yuna Paparoa of Auckland, will spend a day with the Air Force and third place winner, 11 year old Annabelle Connor, of Palmerston North, will spend a day with the Army.