Anna’s quick snap wins

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Catch­ing a photo of an old shed from a mov­ing car has earned Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Anna Watkins a tidy sum of prize money.

The 16-year-old has been awarded best photo and over­all win­ner at the Metso Art Awards at the Wal­lace Gallery in Mor­rinsville.

Her photo The Desert Road Shed was taken on a stretch of road near Gore while on a trip around the South Is­land.

‘‘We were driv­ing past it so I just took a pic­ture as we went past,’’ she said.

‘‘It didn’t seem like some­thing you would typ­i­cally see in New Zealand, that’s why I liked it.’’

It was the first time she has en­tered the awards so it was a sur­prise when she was named over­all win­ner, she said.

Six­teen-year-old Louise Cressy was also a first time en­trant and won the paint­ing cat­e­gory with A String of Let­ter­boxes.

It was a last minute ef­fort af­ter she de­cided to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion two days be­fore the sub­mis­sion date. ‘‘It took me maybe a day and a half to paint it,’’ she said. ‘‘I was re­ally sur­prised when I won.’’ Metso has spon­sored the awards since 1997 and af­ter it closes in De­cem­ber, lo­cal An­gus Rob­son has agreed to sup­port the pro­ject till a new busi­ness spon­sor is se­cured.

Metso man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Keith Cooke said it had been a plea­sure be­ing in­volved in the awards over the years.

‘‘It never ceases to amaze me that each year is so dif­fer­ent,’’ he said.

‘‘The art­works would sit very nicely on any wall, the stu­dents have a right to be proud of them.’’

It was the sec­ond time the en­tries have been dis­played at Wal­lace Gallery and di­rec­tor Leah Mur­phy said they were al­ways well re­ceived.

‘‘We dis­play them dur­ing the Mata­mata Pi­ako Fes­ti­val of Arts so we have thou­sands of peo­ple come through,’’ she said.

‘‘All the vis­i­tors are re­ally sur­prised at the age group of the stu­dents.

‘‘It’s re­ally nice.’’

The win­ners: Louise Cressy (left) was awarded best paint­ing and Anna Watkins best photo and over­all win­ner at the Metso Art Awards.

Amaz­ing de­tail: Louise Cressy’s paint­ing A String of Let­ter­boxes.

Snap­shot: Anna Watkin’s pho­to­graph The Desert Road Shed.

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