Three students from Watervale Primary School were named winners of the 2017 Landcare Conference Art Awards at their final assembly for term three last Wednesday afternoon.
There was a strong showing in the primary school category from students across the Mid North with a total of 67 entries received from Auburn, Manoora and Watervale Primary Schools.
Watervale performed admirably in the category, with 11 students receiving certificates for their participation.
In their respective categories Harry Camilleri (R-2), Bridie Maher (Year 3-5) and Edie Webb (Year 6-7) were named overall winners.
Landcare Association of SA chair Gerry Butler said he was happy to see such a high number of entrants from the Mid North in the art category.
“At the conference we demonstrated a strong youth and Aboriginal engagement, and the art awards were part of that,” he said.
“We are pleased to see so many entries, demonstrating that the young people of today are engaged in Landcare.”
This year’s theme was “Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare – What landcare means to me”, and the judging panel was impressed with the thinking the students put into their artworks.
Students were also asked to submit a short essay alongside the art works explaining what their paintings meant.
Some of the art works focused on the effects of pollution on the environment by using a side by side comparison effect, while others depicted air pollution from factories.
The Landcare Art Awards were enthusiastically embraced by both Watervale and Auburn Primary Schools who held launch ceremonies back in June.
Three other categories were available for participation which included Open, Youth and Aboriginal.
The 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards were held at the Clare Golf Club in September, with over 200 people in attendance.
The awards coincided with the three-day Landcare SA conference held in Clare, for which the Northern Argus and Fairfax Media were sponsors and media partners.