National rural art prize for Hudson Smith of Lockhart

ON CANVAS: Lockhart boy Hudson Smith, 8 has won a national art prize depicting a drawing of grain harvest.

ON CANVAS: Lockhart boy Hudson Smith, 8 has won a national art prize depicting a drawing of grain harvest.

HUDSON Smith, 8 of Lockhart has won a national art prize.

Winning entry.

Winning entry.

The St Joseph’s Primary School pupil cleverly depicted how sowing grain looked in years gone by to how it happens today.

Growing up in one of Australia’s major grain-producing areas on a cropping and livestock operation was enough to give him plenty of inspiration.

However, some research was needed to get a clearer idea to see how crops were sown and harvested many years ago. 

The competition was run by GrainGrowers and the concept attracted entries from throughout Australia. 

Hudson said he was happy and excited to win.

He was presented with an iPad for his efforts in winning the category for 5 to 8-year-old children. 

GrainGrowers chief executive officer David McKeon  announced the winners of the Spirit of Grains children's art competition which ran in conjunction with GrainGrowers' 60th Anniversary.

The competition encouraged children to tell their family's grain farming story, blending details of the past and the present. Five-to-eight-year olds were asked to submit a drawing, nine to 14 year olds, an essay with photographs, and 15 to 18-year-olds, a video.

Mr McKeon said it was great to receive so many entries. “It was a pleasure to see children celebrating their family’s grains history and using their talents to show us how much the farming methods of the past contrast with modern farming practices we see," said Mr McKeon.

“We hope the children of grain farmers will grow up to go on to work either on their family farms or in one of the wide variety of rewarding occupations available to them,” Mr McKeon said.  

INSPIRING BACKDROP: Hudson Smith, 8, has plenty of inspiration when it comes to drawing rural images.

INSPIRING BACKDROP: Hudson Smith, 8, has plenty of inspiration when it comes to drawing rural images.

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