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'Penguin power ... An artwork entered by Aaliyah Simpson, aged 10. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By SHELLEY TOPP

Competition is heating up for the MainPower Art Competition at the Waimakariri Winter Festival in Rangiora on Saturday, July 21.

The competition does not close until Wednesday, July 18, but several high-standard entries have already been submitted. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Earlier this year, MainPower sponsored a similar competition at Rangiora’s Festival of Colour.

The high standard of entries convinced MainPower to sponsor another art competition at the winter festival.

“MainPower’s community sponsorship work is all about supporting the people of North Canterbury,” MainPower chief executive Andy Lester said.

“The Waimakariri Winter Festival brings a lot of excitement to the region and is a great boost to the local economy.

“MainPower is proud to be able to add another element to what is on offer by sponsoring the Winter Festival Art Competition,” he said.

“We supported a similar contest which was held in conjunction with the Rangiora Festival of Colour earlier this year. The standard of the submissions was really high.

“There are clearly a number of talented young artists in North Canterbury and it’s fantastic to give them a venue to showcase their work.”

The competition is open to anyone under the age of 18.

All submitted artwork must be original. People wanting to take part can register online at the winter festival website, waimakaririwinterfestival.co.nz.

Winners will be announced on the day of the festival and posted on Facebook that evening.