Texaco Children's Art Competition winners - see the stunning work created by talented finalists
Young artists are painting a bright picture of the future of Irish talent in the industry.
Hundreds entered this year's Texaco Children's Art Competition, the 65th year of the event.
Flying the flag for Dublin among the winners was Lea Moloney (13), a pupil at St Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, for her work entitled My Ouma.
In the nine- to 11-year-old category, Amihan Navarro (10), a pupil at Guardian Angels' National School, Blackrock, picked up the top prize her for her work, Little Me.
Naoise Hennessy (16), from Craanford, near Gorey, was the overall winner of the competition, taking first prize in the senior 16-18 age category.
Her winning entry, called Lifelines, was described by competition adjudicators as "a finely detailed study that so perfectly captures the features and character of the subject" and is a portrait of an elderly lady "delicately reproduced" using watercolour pencils.
The awards ceremony took place yesterday at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin.
"It is extremely gratifying to know that our young people continue to show an enduring interest in art and to demonstrate their ability in the magnificent entries we see," said James Twohig, from Valero, the parent company of the Texaco brand.
Former winners include artists Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh, Bernadette Madden, Dorothy Cross and fashion designer Paul Costelloe.