We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Honourable mention: 13-15 year olds

Sarah Hiscocks Cheeky Ariel

Age 13

13-15 year olds

This is Ariel – my cheeky, quirky best friend. She is positive and pulls me into her crazy world, outside my comfort zone. We always laugh, have fun together and get into a little bit of trouble. When I am around her, I feel comfortable to express myself and she doesn’t judge me. Instead, she encourages me to be more confident and bolder. I wanted to draw Ariel because she is gloriously expressive and fun-loving, and I wanted the world to see that side of her. In appreciation of our friendship, I dedicate this to her.