A judge has highlighted the talent of young artists entering the Waimarino Art Awards, saying "their work blew me away."

Judge Sandra Webb of Cambridge's Heritage Gallery said it was standing room only Tuesday night at the preview of the 13th annual Waimarino Arts Awards at the Royal Theatre, Raetihi.

Ms Webb said with 220 entries and only Tuesday afternoon to decide, it was "a very tough exercise.

"The Waimarino Awards have really gained in strength and talent from commercial artist's work to rank amateurs, she said.


"It's becoming quite prestigious and is not just a little volunteer exhibition any longer. It's putting Raetihi on map in the art world. I'm proud to be involved."

But it was the junior arts section that shone, she said.
"The young talent was just extraordinary.

"Obviously these students worked on their entries at school and their work blew me away."

Award Winners:
Premier Award Sponsored by Winstone Pulp International Ltd - Michael Barker of Te Aroha - Invictus, Oil
Open Awards
Don Hill of Wanganui -Cattle on River Road, Oil - Open Award for Oils sponsored by Manson Estate

Tracy Mather of New Plymouth, The River, Mixed Media - The Barnes Open Award sponsored by the Ohakune Art Awards
Sally Ann Davis of Taupo - Tongariro Rhythm, Woodblock Print - The Open Award sponsored by Ruapheu Alpine Lifts

Life Study Award
Timoti Pekamu of Taihape - Spotlight Fleece, Mixed Media - The Life Study Award sponsored by Manson Estate and Raetihi & Ohakune Rotary

Young Artist Award
Mohi Williams of Ruapehu College - Freedom, Pencil Drawing - The Young Artist Award sponsored by Brian and Loretta Eades
Novice Award
Lindy Campbell of Pahiatua - Sunflowers and Pumpkins, Acrylic - The Novice Award sponsored by Raetihi Country Market and Balance Chartered Accountants.

Junior Artist Award
Mackenzie Charlton age 13 of Horopito - Art Has Engulfed Me - Ink on Paper - The Junior Artist Award sponsored by the Teachers of Ohakune Primary School
Freddy Carter age 8 of Ohakune - Yu-Gi - Coloured Pencil on paper - Junior Artist Award sponsored by The Teachers of Ohakune Primary School
Kanahi Te Riaki age 5 of Ohakune - Fairy Girl -acrylic on canvas - Junior Artist Award sponsored by The Teachers of Ohakune Primary School
Shaniquia Bellamy aged 10 of Raetihi Primary School - Coloured Landscape - Acrylic on paper - Junior Artist sponsored by the Teachers of Ohakune Primary School

General Photography Award - 'True Blue Kiwi' Section - Anne Paul of Wanganui, 2 Stroke Tui - Winner of Award Sponsored by Penguins of Ohakune and Raethi & Ohakune Rotary

General Photography Award -'Seasonal Colours' Section- Jason Retter of Taihape - The Road to Mount Doom. Winner of Award sponsored by generous individual sponsors of Raetihi and Ohakune.
Young Photographer Award for ages 18 and under - James Gowland-Douglas of Ohakune- Ghost Flamingo. Winner of Award sponsored by Sarah Leonie Photography, the Rowe Family and generous Raetihi and Ohakune Sponsors.