THE National Galleries of Scotland have been running an art competition for schools and families for seventeen years, and this year were delighted to receive over 1,500 entries from all over Scotland.

To be amongst the winners is a major achievement for five pupils from Beath High School.

Bethany Dewar, S3, has won Special Merit in the S1-3 Category. Her work is a beautiful pencil study that was completed in her own time, meeting the category theme of Climate Change.

Her work shows a forest scene in two states; thriving and destroyed.

Ellah Davies-Ruderham, Ellie McGowan, Holly Robb and Rhya Livingstone, S2, have won 3rd Place in the Group Category. The group category could choose any of the four themes from this year’s competition.

Their work was completed as part of a class project looking at creating works using printing techniques and different inks. By combining their work, they created a bright, striking piece of artwork that showed a variety of insect prints.

The winning entries will be displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern ONE and all competition entries will be added to an online gallery as well.

The exhibition may also tour to other venues across Scotland and selection of works will feature on postcards which will be for sale in the National Galleries of Scotland shops. The winners will be invited to attend an online award ceremony and will receive prizes of art materials.

Said a staff member: "To be a winner is a great accomplishment and the pupils, their families and all the staff at Beath High School are very proud that their hard work has been recognised and rewarded".