This summer The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) in partnership with International Classrooms On-Line (ICOL) launched ‘The Puffin Prize’, a WILD children’s nature competition for 10 to 14 year olds.
The aim of the competition was to encourage children to engage with nature, and to explore their interests and relationship with wildlife. WTSWW and the ICOL were very keen to improve their understanding of how young people perceive wildlife, what attracts and excites them, and what they value.
Our judging panel were extremely impressed with all competition entries and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the creative pieces of art work, and getting lost in the fascinating stories and wild poetry submissions.
But, there can only be one winner!
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 The Puffin Prize Winner is…Dylan Jenkins, age 11! Dylan’s watercolour and acrylic painting competition entry of a Puffin was amazing. Congratulations Dylan!
‘This is what the judges had to say…’Dylan’s water colour of a single puffin was absolutely beautiful, the scale and colours used were spot on so, he truly has an eye for observation! This was backed up with his written piece, we loved the description of the sounds, sight and smells, and that the fact that the smells didn’t put him off. If we closed our eyes we could imagine ourselves being there in the boat!’
Winner - Dylan Jenkins, age 11. Painting of a Puffin
Dylan’s prizes include his very own Puffin photo book. Plus a VIP trip for him and his close family to WTSWW’s Skomer Island in 2021. They will be met by the Wildlife Trust Skomer Island Wardens, and given a private guided tour to the island on this special day.
Competition Runner Up
The close second competition entry was from Libby Scott, also 11 years old. Libby submitted a wonderful acrostic poem which was very imaginative, and conveyed the fun and joy of nature. The drawing is delicate and precise, with skilful use of colour and silhouette combining to show a lovely sense of design. Well done Libby! The runner up prize is a Wildlife Trust Puffin adoption pack.
Runner up - Libby Scott's Nature Poem.
Other very impressive entries are included below. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one for entering the competition and we are delighted to announce that it will return in 2021!
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