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The Junior Painter Awards

The annual competition aims to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent while learning about the importance of sight.

Children with colourful body paint pose to mark the launch of Junior Painter 2017.

The annual awards, organised by Sightsavers, are open to primary school children across Ireland, and aim to give Irish children an appreciation for the importance and value of their sight.

The competition is sponsored by The Irish Times, which awards cash prizes to schools of the national winners, and to ReCreate Ireland, which provides creative toolkits, memberships and workshops.

The contest provides a great opportunity to learn about people living with blindness and sight problems in developing countries. Each year, the awards receive thousands of outstanding entries from more than 200 primary schools nationwide.

We want as many children as possible, from junior infants through to 6th class, to take part, and our theme is designed to include people of every capacity. We encourage teachers to use our curriculum-linked lesson plan to provide an age-appropriate, deeper understanding of the work represented by the theme.

Entry packs are posted to schools in September. Find out more.

The four winners from the 2017 competition: Sarah Mullaney, Dylan Williams, Ella Taylor and Shane Maher pose with their paintings.
The four winners from the 2017 competition: Sarah Mullaney, Dylan Williams, Ella Taylor and Shane Maher.

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