Young artists aged 18 and under can now compete for the prestigious title of ‘Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist’ following a rebrand of Devon CPRE’s traditional painting competition for children.

The local branch of the countryside charity has decided to open up its annual art competition to under 18s, with new categories for older age groups. It’s a chance for Devon’s young people to engage with the Great Outdoors and showcase their artistic skills by capturing Devon’s unique and precious landscapes in the medium of their choice. 

Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills says, “The standard of entries from children in Key Stages 1 and 2 has been fantastic in previous years and we’re hoping to encourage even more young people to enter in 2021 by raising the age limit to 18. We’re really looking forward to seeing what we’re sure will be some fantastic paintings and drawings capturing the natural beauty of Devon’s coast and countryside.”

Anything goes as far as the choice of landscape is concerned - as long as it’s in Devon. It could be a favourite beach or beauty spot, a local park or green space, somewhere visited on a day out or even the artist’s own garden. 

Last year the standard of artwork was so high during Lockdown that Devon CPRE produced a calendar featuring some of the best paintings and drawings of Devon’s natural environment. 

Image: Joint winner, Key Stage 2. Mannings Pit by Graciella Sillence-Dreyer (Age 11), Pilton Bluecoat Academy, Barnstaple.

Penny adds, “We have high hopes that this new competition will yield some stunning artwork and uniquely personal perspectives of Devon in all its summer glory. The competition is simple to enter with cash prizes for each age category. We’re looking forward to receiving lots of entries.”

Image: Joint winner, Key Stage 2. Bowerman's Nose on Dartmoor by Thomasin Manley-Frost (age 10), St Peter's Prep School, Lympstone.

Full details of how to enter can be found on the Devon CPRE website. The deadline for entries is 1 September 2021.