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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 is “Imagine 2030” as in 2015, world leaders are making decisions on how to fight poverty for the next 15 years.

We’ve been thinking about the world we want to see in the next 15 years, and we want to know your dreams for the future too. Whether they’re big goals for the world, dreams for your family or plans just for you, we want you to join us and Imagine 2030.

Will there be hover cars? Will your teacher be a robot? Will we have achieved world peace? Will extra terrestrials live amongst us? Will you be part cyborg? Will everyone in the world have enough to eat?

You can also share your vision of the future with us at

This competition is open to any child currently at primary school in Ireland. If you’ve missed your entry pack, please contact Teresa and she can email you the forms.

Padraig Naughton returns as a judge, this year, and is joined by artist and educator, Deirdre Rogers. We are also delighted that The Irish Times is once again sponsoring cash prizes, and we’re very excited to welcome ReCreate on board as a new sponsor of arts and crafts goodies and workshops. You can read more about our prizes and judges HERE

To whet your appetite and inspire your muse, browse our competition gallery from last year

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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