Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist Competition 2023 – June

The search begins for Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2023. We are on the lookout for budding young artists who can capture the beauty and variety of the county’s natural landscapes, from its wild moorlands to its sheltered river valleys.

Young artists aged 18 and under have until the end of September to submit a painting, drawing, textile, collage or mixed media artwork of a Devon view to win the coveted title of Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2023. The landscape could be a favourite beach or beauty spot, a local park or green space, somewhere visited on a day out or even the artist’s back garden.

There are cash prizes for the winner of each category and the best entries will be exhibited at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton, and we are very grateful to them for this opportunity.

We launched the competition two years ago with the support of Exeter-based landscape artist Kath Hadden, who helps choose the prize winners along with our Director, Penny Mills. The two judges have consistently been impressed with the immense talent of the county’s young artists. They are hoping to receive as many original submissions as they have in previous years depicting Devon’s stunning countryside and coastline.

Last year two Dartmoor scenes were chosen as the winning entries: 15-year-old Angelie Pickett’s accomplished painting of Ugborough stood out in the older age group, and a vibrant painting of Belstone River by 11-year-old Sophia Lopez Clarkson won in the younger age group.

Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills says, “Kath and I really enjoy looking through all the artwork, and we are always amazed by the talent of the children and teenagers who enter. We love their depictions of Devon’s coast and countryside, and we look forward to seeing what 2023 will bring. No doubt, we will again have our work cut out deciding on this year’s winners.”

The competition is simple to enter with cash prizes for each age category. £100 for the winner in each age category. £25 runner up prizes. There are two entry categories – one for teenagers (aged 12-18) and one for younger children (age 7-11).

To enter, simply post us your entry which must be A3 or A4 size, with your name, age and contact details on the back (preferrably please include an email address and telephone number) and post to us at Devon CPRE, PO Box 26, Beaworthy, EX21 5XN. (If you would like your painting returned, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope (for the right postage please! – We regret we cannot post everybody’s paintings back to them unless the postage is provided!). The closing date for submissions is Saturday 30th September 2023.

Good luck!