Doha College student wins South Africa themed art competition

H.E. Mr Sa’ad Cachalia Ambassador of The Republic of South Africa, Dean of VCU Dr Akel Kahera and Etihad Airways representative Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi present Hannah Tunstall with the grand prize and Mr Ferhan Khan, Head of Art and Photography at Doha College, with the school prize.

You may remember the "South Africa as I See It" competition that was announced a few months ago, inviting students to create a piece of original art. Organised by the South African Embassy and adjudicated by judges from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, the competition has recently unveiled its winning entry, and you will be proud to hear that it came from Doha College.

1st Place GRAND PRIZE WINNER Hannah Tunstall will be flying on an all-expenses-paid 5-star holiday to the beautiful African country. Hannah's artwork was exhibited alongside 25 other finalists selected from a total of 500 entries across 56 Qatar schools.

Hannah's wonderful image of the South African Flag reflected in the eyes of a cheetah wowed the VCUQ judges. Her use of a limited pallet and intimate composition created a breath-taking piece that demonstrated a different take on the competition theme.

Hannah was joined in the final by Doha College students Emily Kilshaw and Caitlyn Owen, who also received medals for being part of the 26 artworks selected for the final competition.

Thrilled with her win, Hannah said to us: "I was inspired by the cheetah when I did my research, and I liked the fact that the image was abstract but still recognisable. I used textured paper to enhance the effect; adding the South African flag in the cheetah's eyes reflected the competition theme, and showed South Africa through the cheetah's eyes. It was amazing to attend the ceremony with my mum and dad and see all the artwork on display. Winning the flights and holiday is incredible, I will be taking my mum and we can't wait to visit Table Mountain and the safaris. Hopefully, I will see a cheetah in real life!"

All of the finalists exhibited creativity and originality in their work, resulting in exceptionally high standards. The other superb images submitted by Doha College to the South African Embassy are shown in the photo gallery below.

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Monday, 23 October 2017