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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2010 - winners announced

Snowy Woods, 85 x 112 cm, ink and watercolour on paper by Emma Haworth

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EMMA Haworth has been awarded the 1st Prize of £10,000 for her image Snowy Woods in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2010.

Based in London, Haworth studied BA Fine Art at University College Falmouth and received an MA in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art in the year 2000. She has exhibited internationally in the USA and Canada and held solo shows at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London.

She has recently exhibited in the 2009 RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and was awarded a Runner-Up Prize in the 2009 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. Commenting on her prize-winning work, she said:

“The snow had stayed in the woods for longer than in the busy roads and streets surrounding them. Entering the woods the traffic noise disappeared and the trees felt silent and magical, the atmosphere similar to a Cathedral. If you kept still though you realised it was full of activity. I tried to capture these elements in my painting.”

The 2nd Prize of £6,000 went to Wladyslaw Mirecki for his image Fallen Branches. Additional prizes were awarded to Gordon McDowall (Smith and Williamson Cityscape Prize, £1,500) and to Akash Bhatt (Penguin Classics Prize for Cover Art) who receives £500 and a commission to create the cover art for a Penguin classic.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, now in its 23rd year, is the largest watercolour competition in the UK, and is one of the only remaining prizes to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the undervalued medium of watercolour.

An exhibition of 107 works will be held at the Mall Galleries from November 1 to November 7, 2010.

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 5pm.