National Youth Art Award 2022

NYAA 2023 Book Cover

NYAA 2022 Catalogue

NYAA 2022 Endpapers

The People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris Art Supplies for a $500 voucher was voted as Leo Reid with Beleaguered Bouquet.

Thank you to the large amount of votes we received and for supporting the awards. See you all in 2023!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 NYAA category winners:
Mushroom Motion by Mia Moon – Photography Prize and Overall Award Winner
Numb by Navya Chaudhary –
First prize 13-14 years
Shady at Midnight by Jessica Gurnsey – First prize 15 -19 years
Day 42-48 (Waikato Region) by Sarah Adam –
First prize 20 – 25 years
Whatu by Nyle Turuwhenua –
Print prize
Limiting Beliefs by Lissa Lee –
Sculpture prize
Camera Sketch by Ariel Wu –
Merit prize 13 – 14 years
Thief of the Sun by Charlotte Campbell –
Merit prize 15 – 19 years
It All Comes Back Around by Robb Eastman-Densem
Merit prize 20 – 25 years

What a fantastic night and an amazing group of young people, awesome Judges, awesome sponsors and volunteers!
The National Youth Art Awards is being exhibited at the Wintec gallery space on Alexandra Street, Hamilton. Open from 11.30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday until August 28th. Please make sure you come along and support these talented and amazing artists. All work is for sale and can be purchased in the gallery or online at
Thank you to all the young artists from throughout Aotearoa who entered and to their teachers, parents and friends, what a massive effort. You should all be extremely proud.

To view or purchase art from this years NYAA click on ‘Online Exhibitions’ at the top of  this page.


Atina Hu
Ariel Wu
Tao Lai
Ava Hashemi
Hannah Li
Jamie Park
Navya Chaudhary
Leo Reid
Charlotte Campbell
Sabina Teng
Aye Thu
Marco Ma
Carol Zhu
Samuel Ma
Meeshall Bailes
Stevie Sheehan
Stella Masters
Bea Mendoza
Demetrius Shortland
Taipuhi King
Summer Okey
Ruby Burke
Jeffrey Li
Judy Hu
Lydia Bailie-Bellew
Sarah Jamieson
Lucy Dimock
Stacey Erasmus
Yumin Ahn
Rose Zhang
Grace Ma
Mia Moon
Sasha Robyn Brooks
Jessica Gurnsey
Nyle Turuwhenua
Te Rangimoaho Iti
Annabelle Mackie
Bianca Enright

Amirah Lecciones
Molly Given
Sienna Zhang
Ria Sinha
Fabian Strauch
Robb Eastman-Densem
Melissa Marriott
Llenyd Price
Sarah Adam
Awards and Opening 4 August 2022

We received 295 entries and want to say thank you and acknowledge all the artists, students, teachers, parents and friends that helped and encouraged these amazing young people to enter. Good Luck to all of you! A huge shout out to the two Judges, Helen Dowling and Daron Parton, what a mammoth effort! Thank you both very much.

Check out this document for lots of useful tips towards exhibiting: Preparing your work for Exhibition

Open to all New Zealand visual artists aged 13 to 25 years old

This year the National Youth Art Awards and exhibition will be held at the Wintec Media Arts Center, Alexander Street, Hamilton

Exhibition Opening and Awards : Thursday 4 Aug, 2022 @ 5.30 – 7.00

Exhibition dates: 5 August, 2022 – 28 August, 2022


Award Dates

Entries close – 16 June 2022 Finalists and non-finalists notified – 23 June 2022 Deliver work by 28 July 2022 Awards evening 4 August 2022 @ 5.30pm Exhibition open to all 5 August 2022 – 28 August 2022 Pick up unsold art by 29 August 2022

Award Prizes

OVERALL CATEGORIES AWARD: $1500   20-25 years – First prize $2000, Merit prize $500 15-19 yearsFirst prize $2000, Merit prize $500    13-14 Years – First Prize $500, Merit Prize $250 Sculpture award – $500  Print award – $500  Photography award – $500  People’s choice award – $500

This Year's Judge:

Helen Dowling has a BMA from Wintec Hamilton and an MFA from Whitecliffe Auckland. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Wallace Arts Trust and the Waikato Museum, as well as several private collections. Helen likes the idea that art has the ability to connect the self to the self and the self to the world. She is delighted to be a judge in this year’s NYAA and wishes all entrants the very very best. Daron Parton is originally from the UK. He moved over in 1995 with his NZ wife, Karen and they have two boys, Ollie and Rhys. He graduated from Central St Martins School of Art. He started working as an illustrator straight from college mainly for Editorial clients. He worked as a designer for 5 years and as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. His work comprises of Packaging, Advertising, Digital, Editorial and children’s books. In the last year he’s been taken on as a political cartoonist with the NZ Herald. He has  also worked as a teacher at AUT & Wintec, teaching BA students. Daron also works on his own work, i.e. painting. The paintings are dotted around the world.

Helen Dowling and Daron Parton

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