The results are in!

After deliberating over more than 750 amazing designs, sent in by children aged 4-11 from all over Hampshire, the judges have picked a winner and runner up from both our age categories (4-7 & 8-11) for our children’s library card competition.

The winning designs were picked by a judging panel comprising of Councillor Andrew Gibson, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside; Portsmouth-based illustrator and author Neal Layton; and Basingstoke artist Sian Storey, along with Libraries Strategic Manager Emma Noyce and Library Team manager Jo Satherley.

With such a high standard, the judges had a really tough job deciding, but finally managed to nail it down after two hours of reviewing our wonderful entries.

Our winners are:

  • Benedict Simpson, 7,  from Lymington
  • Milo Grant-Turton, 8, from East Tisted

Our runners-up are:

  • Olivia Sarling, 7, from Alton
  • Alissa Patterson, 10, from Totton

We will be inviting Benedict, Milo, Olivia and Alissa to meet us an collect their prizes this month, we will release photos of the two winning creations after the ceremony so make sure you follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see what our new cards will look like.

We have a selection of highly commended entries that the judges also wanted us to recognise, these were by:

  • Millie Biss, 6
  • Kai Stillwell, 9
  • Hannah Cleeve, 10
  • Grace Ryan, 7
  • Isabella Snell, 6
  • Emily Whitbourn, 7
  • Charlotte Oakley, 6
  • James Hope, 6
  • Ruby Stillwell, 7
  • Ptolemy Hein, 5
  • Emily Bentley, 9
  • Stephanie Warriner, 10
  • Molly Mason, 8
  • Isabelle Warner, 9

Everyone who entered will receive a certificate via email or post, thank you for all your entries, and we can’t wait to see the winning designs on our library cards next year!

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