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Junior Painter


Open to primary school children across Ireland, Sightsavers’ Junior Painter Awards aim to inspire children to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight. The contest provides a great opportunity to learn about people living with blindness and sight problems in developing countries.

Every year Sightsavers asks children to create a painting that both allows them to explore the sense of sight and to consider the world around them. This year’s theme was “Imagine 2030” as in 2015, world leaders are making decisions on how to fight poverty for the next 15 years.

We had an amazingly high standard of entries this year and even awarded an extra 20 special commendations. You can find the full list of winners and specially commended on our news page or visit our gallery of 2016’s winners and commendations. The national winners will be announced in April.

Padraig Naughton returned as a judge, this year, and was joined by artist and educator, Deirdre Rogers. We are also delighted that The Irish Times is once again sponsored the cash prizes, and we are delighted to have ReCreate are on board this year as a new sponsor of arts and crafts goodies and workshops.

A little boy plays with a toy carYour lesson plans

We have created curriculum linked lesson plans for both primary and secondary level classes.


Junior Painter gallery

Check out some of our past competing schools and their winning works of art in our Junior Painter gallery.

Schools news

Paintings hanging from a brick wall in an antique gallery

Junior Painter awards exhibition is now open!

01 April 2015

The Junior Painter awards exhibition is now open! Come and see all the winning masterpieces for yourself at the Powercourt Townhouse Centre. Continue reading


Junior Painter: First winners announced!

23 February 2015

The first winners have been announced for Sightsavers' Junior Painter awards 2015. There was some tough competition with over 5,000 entries! A huge congratulations to all the students who took part. Continue reading

Three teenagers holding framed pictures.

Snap a Sight photo competition

21 March 2014

The votes are in and the winners of Sightsavers’ Snap a Sight photo competition have been awarded. What sight would you miss the most if you lost your vision? Continue reading

Eoin Macken squatting and holding a camera.

Actor Eoin Macken sees our work in action

16 September 2014

Actor, Eoin Macken recently travelled to Mozambique with Sightsavers to make a documentary about our work treating people with cataracts Continue reading

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