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Students’ design for Amnesty International wins top prize at the V&A Museum graphics competition

Two Graphics students have won a UK-wide competition run by the Victoria & Albert Museum to design an icon for Amnesty International’s Refugee Awareness Week.

Adam Hawkins and Rebecca Steer worked together to create a GIF which showed the outline of the United Kingdom with the words ‘Open - Refugees Welcome’ across the map in yellow neon letters.

It was judged to be the best out of hundreds of entries from sixth form schools and colleges up and down the country and will be used by Amnesty International on posters and in digital promotions during their Refugee Awareness Week in June.

Seven other Havering Sixth Form College students were named as finalists and were invited along to the V&A Graphic Gathering at the museum where the shortlisted entries had to pitch their designs and ideas in a five-minute presentation to a panel of judges and also to an audience of students, tutors, parents and principals.

The seven finalists were Rendijis Barkevics, Marijus Nartautas, Fiona Rama, Sydney Merritt, Harry Taak, Rhianna Marshall-Reid and Patrycja Kniec.

Now overall winners Adam and Rebecca will visit the Amnesty Design team at their offices in London to see how their design will be used. 

Havering Sixth Form College Principal Paul Wakeling, who attended the presentation on the night, said: “We are extremely proud of Adam and Rebecca and all the students who were named as finalists. To win a competition of this importance is outstanding and we are very excited about the work that they have produced.

“They will get some great experience working with the designers at Amnesty International and they will be able to see how their icon is used when the project goes ‘live’ in June.”

Competition organiser Rebecca English, from the V&A Museum, said: “It was a great night and we are really pleased with the outcome. The standard of entries was extremely high and the winners did an amazing job.”

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