Christmas card design competition winners

Season's Greetings from the National Library of Scotland

Award-winning young artists from all over the country will be at the National Library of Scotland this Saturday, 11 December, to collect their prizes for NLS's first Christmas Card Competition.

The overall winner is Fraser Meikle, aged 10, from Stenton Primary School in East Lothian. His design has become the official NLS Christmas card and he will be joined at the prize-giving ceremony at NLS on Saturday by many of 500 other entrants and their teachers and families. There were 24 highly commended entries.

The competition attracted 500 entries from young people under 16 from regions all over Scotland who were asked to design a card in any form using NLS's digital collections as inspiration. NLS was inundated with entries from areas including: the Lothians; Skye; Ayrshire; Aberdeenshire; Renfrewshire; Glasgow; Dumfries and Galloway; Ross-shire; Moray; Shetland; Dundee; and Perthshire.

Fraser's design was considered by the judges to be outstanding. Judge Professor Michael Anderson, Chair of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, said: 'The judges' decision was unanimous. Fraser's design was simple, yet stunning. All the judges agreed that his design showed a wonderful use of colour in a classic image touched with humour. We are delighted to have Fraser's card as NLS's official Christmas card.'

Laura Murphy, NLS Education Officer said: 'It the first time NLS has held this competition, and we've been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries as well as the geographical spread. It was an exciting chance for school children across Scotland to get involved with the work of NLS.'

Fraser's card, along with the other highly commended entries, will be on display at NLS from 11 December until mid-January.

10 December 2004

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