The competition was organised by the Cairngorms Rangers and over 250 entries were submitted across three age categories from 18 schools across the National Park. The theme of the competition was ‘Mountains’ and the 31 shortlisted young artists, and their families, were invited to ride the Cairngorm Funicular up to top of the mountain for a special awards ceremony in the Ptarmigan Restaurant. The prize giving was followed by a creative mask making session held by head judge and nature artist Celia Forestal Smith.
So without further ado…..the winners were:
The winners all received the prize of a Strathspey Badger Hide experience and a pair of binoculars
“CairnGorm Mountain was delighted to welcome our young talented artists and parents for a fun afternoon of mask making, socialising and having fun” said Lorna Adams from Natural Retreats and head judge Celia Forestal Smith said: “The range of entries was incredible, from sculptures to canvas paintings and models to collages, everyone who was shortlisted should be really proud of their artwork. It was a very tough job to just pick one overall winner in each age group.”
The competition was part of the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend which took place over the weekend (11-13 May). The event is in its fifth year and always happens in the middle of May, thousands of people came out in the sunshine to enjoy over 60 events across the Cairngorms National Park and find out more about the spectacular nature that lives here. For more information on the BIG Weekend and all the ranger events in the Park you can visit www.cairngorms.co.uk .