Patriotic spirit on show
A RECORD number of entries has been received in the 2012 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition.
It seems the creative juices from the region's youngsters flowed more like a torrent than a trickle, with 424 entries flooding in for the sixth annual competition.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum cultural projects officer Di Paddick said she was blown away by the response.
"It is about a 70% increase on entry numbers from last year," Ms Paddick said.
"The response was great - they just kept coming in.
"There was such a diverse range of entries and topics.
"A lot of attention was paid to flora and fauna this year.
"Entries came from as far south as Wartburg to schools north of Gladstone."
And with such a large field of entries, the task of judging the winners proved even harder for Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum director Pamela Whitlock.
Ms Paddick said congratulations should go to all winners as well as a shout out of thanks to all the young artists who contributed to the competition.
Six winners were announced last Thursday as part of Gladstone Regional Council's 2012 Australia Day celebrations at the Millennium Esplanade.
First prize in the Prep-Year 3 category went to Rowan Ward and his entry Australia - In the Bush while Angela Johnstone gained top honours in the Year 4-7 category for her work Majestic Tree.
A series of highly commended awards were also give out with four recipients in each age category recognised for their artistic efforts.
Works awarded a highly commended award were Mining Industry by Josiah Eldridge, Help is Everywhere by Emilee Oliver, Parrot near Sunset by Connor Edgerton, Tough Broncos by Riley Barton, Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi! by Brigette Kelly, Aussie Kookaburra by Emily Rose, Baffle Creek by Harriet Crawford-Clerke and The Red Rock of Australia by Blake Irving.
The Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition is a community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council.
Open to all primary school students in the Gladstone region, the competition encourages students to think about what the Australian lifestyle means to them.
Students submitted their entries on an A4 sheet of paper in a range of media from painting and collage to drawings.
All entries received in the competition will go on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday until February 29.
The winning images have also been reproduced on postcards and were given away at the Australia Day Family Fun Day celebrations.
1st - Australia - In the Bush by Rowan Ward
2nd - Go Australia! by Lucy Lindon
3rd - Get Together! by Arsheen Duggal
1st - Majestic Tree by Angela Johnstone
2nd - Aussie Cricket by Jasmine Barnes
3rd - Powerhouse by Liam Madsen