BUDDING designer Sasha Watmough (14) scooped first prize at the Rotherham Ambassador logo competition final, beating off competition from 40 other young designers.
The competition, launched by the Rotherham Advertiser and Rotherham Partnership, set out to find a new logo for the Rotherham Ambassador scheme.
The business, community and young persons' Ambassdors are people from all walks of life in the community who help promote the positive side of the town.
All the entries were published in the Rotherham Advertiser for the public to vote for their favourites, and the shortlisted 13 designers were invited to Clifton Park Museum for the award ceremony and a buffet lunch.
Brian Chapple, chair of the Rotherham Partnership, introduced the event and gave his thanks to all of the young designers for their support to the community, then Cllr Maroof Hussain and Nicky Holt, commercial director at Garnett Dickinson, joined Brian on stage to announce the three winners, as chosen by a panel of judges from Rotherham Partnership.
Nicky Holt said: “I am delighted at the response we have had for this competition, showing that the people of our town have flair and creativity.
“It has been a pleasure taking part in this project and the really rewarding thing for me is seeing all these people attending today's awards with such pride, and allowing us to celebrate success in tough times.”
Sasha's eye-catching design won her an iPod touch and the chance to work with the design teams at the Rotherham Advertiser head office to see how her logo will be manufactured to appear in the Rotherham Partnership newsletter, on badges, and on all marketing around Rotherham and the borough.
Sasha said: “I enjoy studying design at school so when I saw the competition I thought I would give it as go.
“It's definitely given me the confidence to design more, so I'm looking forward to going to work with the design team at the Rotherham Advertiser to learn more.”
Second and third place—Tessa Saville (16) and Sophie Symms (13) both won an iPod shuffle, and each finalist went home with a certificate and selection box.
Cllr Maroof Hussain said: “The ambassador scheme is a great initiative and I'm so proud of everyone who has been involved.
“I want people to wear the new badges with pride to show people just how much we have to offer in Rotherham, and let people know Rotherham is a great place to shop, stay and visit.”