Overall Winner 2010- 'Down Town', by Conan Crowley
The Overall Winner in 2010 was 'Down Town', by Conan Crowley, age seven years. The competition Judge commented as follows:
"When I was first laying out the entries from this category this picture really jumped out at me.
First of all, the image of the car is very big and strong, without glorifying the vehicle. It portrays a whimsical even humorous car with no driver, stopped at traffic lights. Again, this is very boldly and confidently portrayed. There is a plain blue sky as a backdrop. We have nothing else to distract us. On further, closer inspection we can see that there are some very subtle devices at work here: the use of black, traditionally discouraged by academics, unites the picture, black wheels join black road which connects to the black traffic light apparatus. This same black, in the rectangle at the top of the pole, separates the three lamps from the surrounding blue, to allow them to shine brightly, with perfect contrast and no competition from any other colours – a master stroke!
This is a beautifully composed picture and it transcends his age category. One can only hope that he can keep working with the same clarity as he matures."