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Honourable mention: 16-18 year olds

Hazel Thenamkodath Elizabeth

Age 17

16-18 year olds

This portrait features my mother holding our family cat. I cannot think of another individual who has provided me with so much support and love during my 17 years. She was the individual who fostered my love for art from a young age. Although no amount of canvas or paint could truly convey my love for her, I certainly tried to do so in this piece.