Over the last few weeks, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the beautiful entries that have come into our inbox for the North Shore Mums Easter Colouring competition. All the children put such an incredible effort into their masterpieces, and it was never going to be an easy task to choose just one winner from each age category.
There were two designs to choose from, created by local Illustrators and North Shore Mums, Lara Porter and Natasha Hagarty. These lovely ladies have also come on board to help judge the entries for our Easter Colouring Competition, and now share their favourite winning entries.
Congratulations to the following children, who have each won a Family Pass to the new Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney. Scroll down to find out how you can save 15% on day tickets when you buy online.
Winners: Lara Porter’s ‘Bunny & Friends in the Garden’
- 4 years and under: Audrey
- 5-6 years: Eleanor Ockenden
- 7-8 years: Annabel Letten
- 9-10 years: Ray Lin
- 11+ years: Arya Krishan
Winners: Natasha Hagarty’s ‘Easter Egg Hunt’
- 4 years and under: Hayley Jones
- 5-6 years: Evelyn Sim
- 7-8 years: Henry Zhang
- 9-10 years: Ellie Collins
- 11+ years: Gabrielle Phillips
Easter Colouring Competition Gallery: The Winners
Winners: 4 years & under
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Lara Porter says: “I can see you put a lot of colouring effort into this. The extra eggs and flowers drawn in are fantastic! Well done Audrey!”
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Natasha Hagarty says: “Hayley’s is vibrant, energetic and use of stickers and stamps was a wonderful addition!”
Winners: 5-6 years
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Lara Porter says: “The drawing is filled with so much colour and joy. I love that you have coloured in with texters and paint! A true artist Eleanor!”
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Natasha Hagarty says:”Beautiful colouring and rainbow dress!“
Winners: 7-8 years
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Lara Porter says: “Love your use of colour to really bring this illustration to life. It’s beautiful. Well done Annabel!“
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Natasha Hagarty says: “Henry added some really interesting textures and patterns!”
Winners: 9-10 years
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Lara Porter says: “What an incredibly vibrant colour palette and fabulous texture on the animals too. So imaginative Ray!”
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Natasha Hagarty says: “I love the colour palette that you’ve chosen for this, and the unique style that you’ve used. Fantastic work, Ellie.”
Winners: 11+ years
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Lara Porter says: “Wonderful patterns make the drawing really pop! I also love the soft rainbow background. Congratulations Arya!”
Illustrator & Colouring Competition Judge, Natasha Hagarty says: “Lovely soft colours and neat colouring.”
The Prize: 10 Family Passes to Sydney Zoo
Congratulations! Each child has won a Family Pass to NEW Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney, worth $120 each!
At Sydney Zoo, you can connect with beautiful animals in wide open spaces and fresh air. Home to all your favourite exotic and native animals, Australia’s largest reptile and nocturnal house and an aquarium, Sydney Zoo is the perfect family day out. The added bonus of no hills or steps makes it perfect for prams and little legs! Meet the newest arrivals, including adorable meerkat pups, two playful elephants and a bull shark! You can also get up close to camels, lions, capybara, meerkats and Eyelean the giraffe with an animal encounter.
If you’re not one of the lucky winners, you can still save up to 15% on day tickets when you buy online, or become a member and enjoy unlimited entry from just $109. Click here for more information or to buy tickets online.
Lara Porter, local illustrator and mum from Castle Cove
Lara Porter is a North Shore Mum and a freelance illustrator with a special interest in children’s picture books and editorial illustration for magazines. Her creative career started out in advertising in Cape Town, South Africa as a designer and art director. A decade later she completed a BA Honours Degree in Illustration in the UK before moving to Australia in 2008.
She now lives in Castle Cove with her hubby, 13 year old daughter, 11 year old son and one very cute little sausage dog who keeps her company whilst she draws all day.
Natasha Hagarty, local illustrator and mum from Killara
Natasha grew up on the North Shore and spent most of her childhood drawing stories and playing the piano. After studying Music Education at UNSW and a scenic detour selling chocolate, she shifted her focus to picture book illustration. Natasha illustrated her first picture book, Flossie the Fairy, in 2016 and is currently illustrating her fourth book. She also takes on private commissions, working from her studios in Baulkham Hills and Killara.
Natasha has been a member of North Shore Mums since 2017, and has two young daughters who love to add their own creative linework to her sketches.