The judges of Breens Solicitors’ ‘Design a Christmas Card’ Competition have chosen the winner.

In August Breens invited local primary schools to take part in its inaugural art competition.  The challenge: to design Breens’ Christmas Card for 2015.  Hundreds of children from schools across Sefton took part.

Now the culmination of their artistic endeavours has been realised and a panel of four judges has decided on the three winning entries.

Senior partner at Breens, Stephen Breen said: “With so many excellent entries, it was a tough job to select the best three.  However, we were all agreed that the overall winning entry really stood out from the rest.”


The two runners up are:

Julia Milkowska – aged 6  – Linaker Primary School, Southport

Julia’s colourful entry impressed the judges with its bold depictions of a family Christmas all tied together with an oversized bow.


Thomas Parry – aged 8 – St John Bosco RC Primary School, Maghull.

Thomas showed real skill in creating the illusion of movement for his drawing of Santa and Rudolf crossing the night sky.  The yellow stars stood bold against the black sky and there was great symmetry to the picture.


And the winner is . . .

Sophie Halliwell – aged 9 – Shoreside Primary, Southport

Sophie’s drawing of Santa and Rudolph holding up a Merry Christmas sign really impressed the judges.  Sophie used simple lines, geometric shapes, and contrasting colours to create a picture of depth and symmetry.

Stephen Breen said: “Sophie clearly has an artist’s eye.  The picture has great warmth and humour. I think Santa himself would be very proud of this portrait.”

Sophie wins a box of personalised cards with her winning entry on the front plus a £15 W H Smith voucher.

Julia and Thomas will both receive a £10 W H Smith voucher.  All three winning schools will receive a £50 voucher for art supplies.

James Jackson Printers of Halifax printed the cards.   Breens will be donating the sum equivalent to what they would have spent on Christmas cards to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in memory of their late colleague, Linda Byrne, who died from the disease in May this year.


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