Portrait of a hero

Portrait of Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle, by Hassan. Photo: Supplied 214160_01

The winners of Wyndham council’s children’s art prize, The Wynnies, have been announced.

The council is showcasing entries into the prize in both an online and physical exhibition.

Hassan, who is almost 11 years old, has been named the winner of the 9 to 12 years old category of The Wynnies.

Hassan painted a portrait of his hero, Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle, for the competition.

“I learnt how to spin from him and learnt his techniques and strategies,” Hassan said.

Hassan said that he never won a drawing competition before. The youngster said he was “shocked and amazed” to have been named a first-place winner in The Wynnies.

In the competition’s 5 to 8 years old category, Eden won for a picture of her cousin Airlie.

In the 1 to 4 years old category, Ella won for a drawing of her Aunty Mia.

Wyndham’s arts, culture and heritage portfolio holder, Cr Tony Hooper, said the competition’s judges had a difficult choice picking winners from the 159 creative portraits submitted.

“The competition is aimed to engage children in the arts and encourage them to develop their creative skills,” Cr Hooper said.

“Because we are in Stage 4 restrictions, we cannot have an indoor exhibition, so we have exhibited every portrait on the window of the Werribee Library for residents to view as they take their hourly exercise – or it can be viewed on our online gallery.”

To see the online gallery, visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wynnies