Ciara Kenny

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Children’s art competition: emigration illustrations

Generation Emigration is running a children’s art competition for kids who have recently emigrated. Winning entries will be published in the newspaper in May, and receive international book vouchers.

Sun, Apr 22, 2012, 09:29


Sample drawing by Pádraic McNamara, age 7.

The Irish Times invites Irish children – thats anyone aged 12 or under – who have recently moved abroad to create a painting or drawing based on the experience. It could be a picture of your new home, or some aspect of the country you now live in, or it could be a picture of the friends, family or place you left behind. Or anything else inspired by the move and change of scene.

How to enter

When you have finished your picture, you should scan or photograph it – or ask your mum or dad to do it – and email the photo to Please include your name, age and a few sentences about the picture, what it shows and why you drew it. Closing date for entries is Friday 27th April.

Technical information

Format : entries should be high-quality jpegs.

File size: Each image should ideally be 1mb or larger and not smaller than 500 kilobytes.

Terms and conditions

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The prize

The creators of our 10 favourite pictures will win International book vouchers, which allow you to order a book online and have it posted to you in your new home.