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MP Jan Tinetti and Ella Mitchell
Photo by Jess Lowcher, Creative Bay of Plenty

International Art Competition


Congratulations to Year 11 student Ella Mitchell who received an Honorable Mention in the International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2019 - ICEFA Lidice - held in the Czech Republic.

Every year a theme is announced following the recommendation of the UNESCO, such as happiness in 2005, Planet Earth in 2006, light in 2015, and for this year - 2019 the theme was chemistry.

Ella said “My mum saw the competition on line and suggested I enter, as I’d been taking photos during the school holidays,” says Ella. I’d actually taken my photo about a week before I found out about the competition because I was just having a bit of a fiddle around and see what I could do. And I thought eyes have chemistry.”

Ella had taken a photo of her friend’s sister Renee Opie and decided to enter it. She’s been doing photography for nearly two years, and has a Nikon D40, which she bought via TradeMe. This is the first time she has entered a competition.

Ella Mitchell was honoured at a local celebration and exhibition at The Incubator Creative Hub where she was presented with her award by Jan Tinetti MP on behalf of the New Zealand Government.