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Christchurch student's work wins Defence art competition

Anzac Art competition entrant Mikeala Kyle-Bellam with her winning art work
Anzac Art competition entrant Mikeala Kyle-Bellam with her winning art work (OH10-0332-013)

11 May 2010

A poster designed by Christchurch 12 year old Mikeala Kyle-Bellam has won first prize in Operation Anzac Forces, a competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force as part of Anzac commemorations.

Mikeala’s winning entry was chosen from around 600 entries in Operation Anzac Forces, a competition for Year 7 and 8 students which aimed to raise awareness of Anzac Day and get students thinking about current Defence Force personnel.

The competition was judged by New Zealand Army artist Captain Matt Gauldie who said, “Judging the competition was extremely difficult as the entries were so diverse.  I chose Mikeala’s entry as the winning one as it is such a strong image that shows a good use of textures.”

The three top winners were presented with their prizes by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae at a prize-giving ceremony at Defence House yesterday.

LT GEN Mateparae said that the Defence Force has been running a students’ competition since 2007 which provides an interesting way for students to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.

As her first prize Mikeala has chosen to spend a day with the Air Force. Second prize of a day with the Navy was chosen by Emily Trengrove, 12, of Nelson and third prize winner Shane Meekin, 12, of Wellington will spend a day with the Army.

Four runners up received a Defence Force prize pack: Trent Kearns, 11, of Palmerston North; Amber Deadman, 11, of Hunterville; Simon Petersen, 12, of Wanganui; and Amy Anderson, 11, of Christchurch.

See the winning and other entries at the Operation Anzac Forces image gallery


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group
04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.

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