The 2021 Art , Craft and Photography Prizes attracted as much interest as ever and pupils from every year group entered their work for consideration. This year the theme for the  competition was ‘Connections’. Pupils’ interpretations of this theme varied greatly . The result was a fantastic collection of visual responses.

The Junior Photography Prize had a large number of entries. Many pupils focused on how they stay connected during lock down. Cameron McKinley  deservedly won the prize for his striking image of a distorted tree. Jacob Owen’s sensitively shot image of growth in the natural world earned him a Commendation. Also receiving a Distinction in this category were Stella Borrowdale, Henry Jenner, Olive Mui and Safia Walker.

Congratulations to Ciara Finn who won the Junior Craft Prize for her two-colour lino print. A Distinction was also awarded to Carlotta Castagna and Bella Fennell in this category.

Georgia Goodbody’s incredible drawing of ‘Benji the Dog’ earned her the prize in the Junior Art Prize category. There was strong competition from Keelin Bradley-Brady who was awarded a Commendation for his pen and ink image of ‘The Gorilla’. Isabella Tracey was also awarded a Distinction in this category.

The Senior Photography Prize went to Alice Letort for her quiet yet colourful images of glass bottles. Also awarded a Distinction for this prize was Iona Chavasse, Poppy Gleeson, Lioba Preysing and Felicitas Tenge. 

Iona Chavasse won the Senior Craft Prize for her clay model of a pelican launching out of the water. Antonia Ladanyi, Isobel Warnock and Kate Higgins were awarded a Distinction, also for work created in clay and print.

The Earl of Meath Senior Art Prize was won by Eliz Kolat. Her painting entitled ‘Reflections’ is part of a larger project that she undertook this year. Also receiving a Distinction in this category was Iona Chavasse, Jamie Green, Alice Letort and Isabel Warnock. 

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to all of the winners! Work from the winners can be seen in this album:

Art Prize Winners 2021

• Earl of Meath Senior Art: Eliz Kolat
• Senior Craft: Iona Chavasse
• Senior Photography: Alice Letort
• Junior Art: Georgia Goodbody
• Junior Craft: Ciara Finn
• Junior Photography: Cameron McKinley