Young artists win prizes for wildlife drawings

The seven prize winners with their drawings and painting

The seven prize winners with their drawings and painting

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Seven talented young artists have received prizes from the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group’s annual Eileen Savill Award.

The challenge was to submit a drawing or painting of a scene, creature or natural object on the peninsula that attracted their attention.

The winning artwork was on display at the Selsey Centre as families of the prize winners and members of the charity watched the award ceremony.

Trustee Joe Savill opened proceedings by explaining that his late mother, Eileen, was a teacher at Manhood Community College, now The Academy, Selsey. She was a keen naturalist and artist and a founder member of the charity.

“Eileen particularly liked to help children who struggled at school to realise their full potential,” he said.

Award winners were: age five to seven, Matilda Rey-Barriero, Mia Chung and Ruby Bensley; eight to 11, Elizabeth Broadbridge, Bethany Middleton and Sofia Casali; 17 to 24, Hannah Farrant.

Hannah, 17, was also the overall winner of the first prize and award, for her skilful landscape painting of a view over the new RSPB Nature Reserve at Medmerry.

Prizes were presented by Leah Mathias-Collins, conservation officer for Vitacress, which sponsors the award and encourages good conservation practice.

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