The Winners!

 

It gives me real pleasure to announce the winners and the runners up and the 'popular vote winner'  for The Great Kiwi Poster Competition 2021/22.

The judges had a tough time working through the 222 eligible entries as the overall quality was very high.

A huge 'Thank You" to everyone who entered, our judges, our sponsors on Boosted and our  major sponsors - Phantom Bill Stickers, Hell Pizza and New Zealand's Biological Heritage. (Bruce Mahalski - For The Great Kiwi Poster Competition).

 

Senior Winner - CaL Ma

Judged by Michel Tuffery

The poster sends a very clear message, straight to the point, with all the main visual elements incorporated into the composition. great use of the fonts which pushes you around the poster graphic, excellent synergy to message.  

 

Callum Mar

 

 


 

Intermediate Winner - Maevi Fleming

Judged by Fifi Colston

This poster was the winner for me. Maevi looked at whakapapa, and how handing the mantel of guardianship onto future generations is the way forward, caring for the planet. A tui and a piwakawaka fly above the people. Tui’s are said to be messengers of the Gods and symbolise life, confidence and harmony. The Piwakawaka is symbolic of death in the world and we can think of that as it relates to the planet. Life and death of the climate are in peoples hands as the poster clearly shows. The sea below them is both full of fish… and of rubbish. Which do we need to choose? The artwork is rendered in (acrylic) paint with texture and bold strokes also using some dry brush techniques. There is enough detail and not too much, so creates a strong, unfussy image, well executed. The design draws the eye to the planet as a focus and the whole is framed by trees. It is a beautiful, poignant, emotional picture. The bold white hand painted type on black has a Colin McCahon feel which is striking, clear and emotive. I love this poster and would never tire of it as a piece of art on both my wall and on the walls of the streets.

 

MAEVI FLEMMING

 


 

 

JUNIOR Winner - Beau MAKIITI–Watts

Judged by Nicola Jackson

The winning poster has a lot going for it. To start with it's striking. The execution is original, the ideas are original in that they lead the viewer to think about what the message might be by the clever use of imagery which leads to the intended message. The style is distinctive. It is easy to read without falling into the temptation of tried and true cliches. There are multiple references to what is wanted in a winning poster in this competition such as wild places, a vibrant ecosystem, sustainable energy projects, people as part of nature. I like the collaged elements, especially the sand feet, which may be seen as footprints left in the sand in the usual way but actually they are feet that are still there so represent an “I am here now” person. The windmills are beautiful, the 3-D quality is a good clean way of illustrating what might be a flower in some cases but here is read as renewable energy. The style of the text is very readable and full of character, it is a winning aspect of this poster. The treatment of the symbol of the sun is original and looks like a source of energy. 

 

Beau Makatiti

 


 

 

Popular Vote Winner

There were over 1100 votes for the twelve runner-up posters and it was a very tight race between four posters but after a thorough scrutiny we are very pleased to announce today (April 6th) that the Popular Vote Winner is a young entrant in the junior category from Auckland. Congratulations Ada!

 

Ada Zamorkina's Winning Entry

This poster has a magical quality, the way the light catches on the plastic objects is intriguing. The message is clear, we read the words and understand them, we then look more closely at the image and understand it in the context. We then feel a collective sense of acknowledgment that yes, we really do need to do better. The execution is original and this  poster has a powerful point of difference to many of the entries. It was a delight to come across this entry  because of it’s originality, charm and the clear delivery of it's message.

 

Ada Zamorkina
 

 

All of the twelve runner -ups are excellent posters and any one of them is good enough to be a winner!
The other three posters that got very large numbers of votes were by

Bailey-Meredith  |  Mia-Aramowicz  |  Emme-Kearney

 

All the runners-up are very good artists and they should all be very proud, as indeed should anyone who finished a poster and entered the competition.

Hopefully we can do it again next year!

 

 



 

 

Seniors - Runners Up 

Judged by Michel Tuffery

 

Emme Kearney

The originality of this poster works well.  Great idea!   I can see this being a really good poster out on the street. 

 

Emme Kearney

 

Tessa Marshall

Great layers in the composition, nice little visual narratives going on in the poster. Heaps of colour for impact and the message  comes through clearly. Love the rawness! 

 

Tessa Marshall

 

Thomas Garner

The shaking of the hands pulled the whole visual together and the other elements give life to the composition, especially with the river running through the middle of the poster. The use of his font type is impactful. Good poster and clever in conception. 

 

Thomas Garner

 

Caitlyn Liujade

Very clever idea. The message is provocative. I can see this being a really good poster on the street!

 

Caitlyn Liujade

 

 

 

Intermediates - Runners Up

Judged by Fifi Colston

 

Bailey Meredith

This poster has a great message using a healthy Ent (tree) figure, walking from a clean sustainable world into a bleak colourless, industrial future, turning to charred wood as it goes. Is this the way we really want to go? No! Bailey's future has high density housing balanced by rooftop gardens and wind turbines, creating energy for the inhabitants. The solar system is considered and rather than rockets and space junk, colorful hot air balloons sail above the ground. A bug looks at the flags of United Nations working together to a cleaner brighter future. The type and layout are clear and well placed as is the message and the use of coloured pencil handled extremely well from monochrome to full colour. All the images are identifiable and well-drawn and create a visually compelling poster.

 

Bailey Meredith

 

Jackie Xu

The planet is running out of time! It definitely is if we keep on the way we are going. Jackie’s use of a striking, bold hour glass shape with the earth dripping through it to ultimate destruction is has a strong emotional impact. Set against the monochromatic factories, it jumps off the page. Turn the poster (and hourglass) upside down and you have the solution, the earth restoring through trees, land and clean turbine power. Fiery koru shaped flames become a brilliant dawn. The type is cleverly placed within the hourglass, and the message is clear. The water-colour and pen techniques are beautifully rendered and the whole poster has a great design aesthetic.

 

Jackie Xu

 

 

Mia Aramowicz

There is so much to love in this poster. The use of hands holding the planet earth is not a new one, but in this case signals diversity with New Zealand being central. Nice! The two characters carrying the message banners are both powered by wheels, differently abled. Gardening, recycling, happy fish in clean streams, birdlife, mountains and wind power, all things we love for our country. A clean ocean with shoals of fish and a whale are what we are aiming for. But move further down and we can see the impact of oil, petrol cars, single use plastics, bottom trawling, overfishing, forestry, sewerage, and those familiar blue masks, which get littered everywhere. The drawn images here are really well done, and the coloured pencil work excellent. The planet earth is so well rendered as a sphere by the use of a central highlight. Every time I look at this poster, I see something new, so I think it will keep on talking to the viewer!

 

Mia Aramowicz

 

 

Michelle Yang

This poster is clean clear, and deceptively simple. The type is bold and well placed in a tidy heart-lifting design. Look closer and you’ll see kowhaiwhai patterns form the plant roots, roots of our country. The plant lifts people of diversity up and up to a bright future. Solar panels and wind turbines generate power for the generations. Happily, safely cradled by a leaf, is the planet earth, a kiwi earth, leading the way. Nothing fights with each other in the design, every element is clear and well-drawn. A nice mix of water-colour and coloured pencil makes this a very pleasing artwork to view. It has a strong design aesthetic and delivers its clear message perfectly.

 

Michelle Yang

 

 

Juniors - Runners Up

Judged by Nicola Jackson

 

Isla Liddy

This poster has the elements of symmetry and the artist has worked well with the challenge of getting a message across using lovely colours, incorporating images and letters (words) and fitting in just enough to make a statement. I feel the artist has well understood the brief and chosen simplicity in a fine poster tradition. The use of wind turbines as the letter T is good, this is an original style. The poster is very clean, tidy and easy to read. As is the case with all of the posters the phrases “we can do better” and  “kia pai ake tatou’  lead the viewer to think about what it is we are to be better at and the mountains, tree and wind turbines here are enough for you to know what that message is referring to. This image also works as a poster as the coloured letters are asymmetric and the colour placements gives the work a pleasing overall balance. The oval shape is an eye catching impression.

 

Isla Liddy


 

 

Ada Zamorkina

This poster has a magical quality, the way the light catches on the plastic objects is intriguing. The message is clear, we read the words and understand them, we then look more closely at the image and understand it in the context. We then feel a collective sense of acknowledgment that yes, we really do need to do better. The execution is original and this  poster has a powerful point of difference to many of the entries. It was a delight to come across this entry  because of it’s originality, charm and the clear delivery of it's message.

 

Ada Zamorkina
 

 

Olivia Anderson

This artist who designed this poster has understood the impact of a striking, sparse image. I have looked at children’s posters online and understand that this sort of image is popular especially the floating Earth. However, I believe this work shows originality with the heart shaped earth and it is given a lot of strength through not only the beautifully drawn letters but also the patterning and imagery drawn within the letters. It is clean and tidy and easy to read and a lot stronger for the fact the letters are idiosyncratic. Once again I am favouring an image that has that required initial impact a good poster must have with there being more to it the closer you look.

 

Livia Anderson

 

 

Maddie and Lisette

I shuffled my final group of about twelve images and kept coming back to this one. It reminds me of a vintage travel poster. The image is striking and I think that is particularly because of the contrast of the hand drawing with that wonderful cobalt sky. It contrasts the vastness of nature with the mountain in the background with domesticity. The words in the cloud have a lovely sensibility. The artists have put a lot of thought into all of the details in the fine drawing giving the viewer the opportunity to be wowed by the initial impression and then have a lot more to discover upon a closer look. I especially liked discovering the wee kiwi. Regarding the brief, the execution of the ideas is original, references to people as part of nature, a vibrant ecosystem and sustainable energy projects are evident.  

 

Maddie and Lisette