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Young Artists and Poets Awarded Prizes by TV Presenter Wendy Turner-Webster
Posted 27 June 2012
On Saturday 16th June talented young artists and poets came to London to receive prizes for their winning entries in Animal Aid’s Art and Poetry Competition at an award ceremony hosted by TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster.
The competition was launched by Animal Aid to encourage young people to think about and express their views on the way people treat animals and was open to school children in Years 7-9 (11-14 year olds). There was a different theme for each year group to reflect the many different ways we interact with animals in our society:
- Year 7 – Caring for animals
- Year 8 – Factory farming
- Year 9 – Animals in captivity
Hundreds of entries were received from all over the UK, and even as far away as the Republic of Ireland, but only the top 3 poets and artists in each year group were invited to the award ceremony.
Competition organiser Ben Martin said:
‘The standard of the poems and artwork we received was remarkable. All of the young people who entered showed a real understanding of the issues and the pieces they created were expressive, thoughtful and bold. It is very encouraging to see a younger generation that is not only talented and compassionate, but also prepared to speak up on behalf of animals. Congratulations to all of the winners.’