A St Edmunds Catholic School teen inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg has won this year’s My Dog Sighs Creative Competition.

Highbury College and My Dog Sighs Creative competition winner Georgia Love with her artwork

Georgia Love won first place in the challenge, which celebrates the area’s top young artists and this year asked them to create a piece on the theme of recycling for a sustainable future.

The talented teen will be rewarded for her hard work with a selection of official My Dog Sighs merchandise and a £50 Amazon gift voucher.

Georgia said: “I can’t wait to tell my friends and family. I’m delighted to have won, thank you so much!

“My piece is of Greta Thunberg who is inspiring young people to protect their planet by maintaining a sustainable lifestyle by recycling. For example, working to prevent the greenhouse effect taking place through the emissions that capitalist companies produce when manufacturing their product, and this is why I used recyclable materials to promote this.”

Youngsters submitted entries from schools across Portsmouth, with pupils from St Edmunds Catholic School, Cowplain School, and Brune Park submitting the winning entries.

Second place was awarded to Cowplain pupil Raizel Rae Nunez, with third place going to Angel Martin from Brune Park. The runners-up of the competition bagged themselves a £25 voucher to keep their art supplies topped up.

This is the second year that Highbury College’s Creative Academy tutors and the internationally recognised contemporary artist have teamed up to inspire young people in the area to unleash their artistic talents.

Art Tutor Suzie Darcel said: “Well done and thank you to everyone who entered. It was fantastic to see how people interpreted the theme to raise awareness of global sustainability and recycling. We’re already planning to include our entries in Highbury’s Online Creative Showcase Exhibition, opening on July 8th.

“I’d also really like to thank My Dog Sighs for his support and for helping to these inspire young artists in Portsmouth and beyond.”

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  • Date 15/06/2020