A Carnoustie student and his colleague from Canada were presented with a cheque for £250 on Friday as winners of a Christmas card design competition.
Dundee MSP Shona Robison was at Dundee and Angus College’s Gardyne Campus to present the prize to Alex McWhirter and Briana Cox.
Briana (25), who is from Vancouver, and Alex (20), from Carnoustie, are students on the HND Digital Arts course at the College. Dean Robertson, the head of design was also present.
The students had won the competition to create an image to be used on the official joint Christmas card of Shona and her Parliamentary colleagues Joe FitzPatrick MSP and Stewart Hosie MP this year.
Ms Robison said: “I’m delighted to meet Briana and Alex and to present the cheque. Unfortunately, Joe and Stewart cannot be here today but we all were delighted with your wonderful design.
“It was the unanimous winner and we liked its vivid simplicity and the way it evokes the concept of deep space and the galaxy while the actual Christmas tree at the centre of the design is positioned at one spot on the globe.
“The use of neon tubes hinted at Dundee’s games industry and we liked the clever use of the Dundee One City logo.”
She concluded: “We will be sending out the image on the front of our official Christmas card this year to around 1,500 local organisations and individuals and the project will lead to a donation of around £350 to a local charity due to our three-way tie-up with Fairprint and a local sponsor.”
Local MP Stewart Hosie stated: “It’s a striking image that says something about our cultural aspirations, very modern and stylish and I add my congratulations to Briana and Alex.
“We are delighted to be able to organise our official joint Christmas Card in such a way that we can reward talented young people whilst also contributing to a worthy charity. The three-way tie-up between us, Fairprint and a local sponsor, who this year is ASDA, has been running for some years now very successfully.”
Mr Robertson commented: “Well done to Alex and Briana, who worked as a team to create and perfect the design.
“They have done very well in a relatively short timescale and working as a team on this kind of project is part of the group work aspect of the course.”