Young artists who can capture the beauty and variety of the county’s natural landscapes are being invited to enter a competition with the chance to win £100.

The Devon's Best Young Landscape Artist contest is being run by the countryside charity, the CPRE.

Artists aged 18 and under have until the end of September to submit a painting, drawing, textile, collage, or mixed media artwork of a Devon view. It could be a favourite beach or beauty spot, a local park or green space, somewhere visited on a day out or even the artist’s own back garden.

There are two entry categories – one for teenagers (aged 12-18) and one for younger children (aged 7-11). The winner of each category will receive a cash prize and the best entries will be exhibited at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton.

Devon CPRE launched the competition two years ago with the support of Exeter-based landscape artist Kath Hadden, who helps choose the prize-winners alongside the charity’s Director, Penny Mills. The two judges have consistently been impressed with the immense talent of the county’s young artists. They hope to receive as many original submissions as they have in previous years depicting Devon’s stunning countryside and coastline.

Last year two Dartmoor scenes were chosen as the winning entries: 15-year-old Angelie Pickett’s accomplished painting of Ugborough stood out in the older age group, and a vibrant painting of Belstone River by 11-year-old Sophia Lopez Clarkson won in the younger age group.

Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills said: “Kath and I really enjoy looking through all the artwork, and we are always amazed by the talent of the children and teenagers who enter. We love their depictions of Devon’s coast and countryside, and we look forward to seeing what 2023 will bring. No doubt, we will again have our work cut out deciding on this year’s winners.”

Full details of how to enter can be found on the Devon CPRE website, along with photos of previous winning entries. The closing date for submissions is Saturday, 30 September 2023.