Samantha wins poster competition

Samantha's poster
Samantha's poster

Samantha Kanepe from Kirkcudbright Academy has been named the Dumfries and Galloway winner of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Schools Poster Competition supported by Virgin Money.

The competition, now in its 33rd year, attracted more than 5000 entries with 177 from Dumfries and Galloway alone.

Chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Kath M Mainland said: “Samantha’s design came top of all entries from Dumfries and Galloway as it met the judges’ criteria of being fun, eye-catching, colourful and encapsulating the feel of the Fringe. This is a terrific achievement and something to be very proud of.

“We know how much schools enjoy being part of this competition and this year even more schools have taken part from across Scotland. I’m delighted that Kirkcudbright Academy was one of them.”

Thirteen-year-old Samantha’s poster will be displayed at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh this summer as part of an exhibition along with the top three prize-winners, 13 regional winners and 57 shortlisted entries. The exhibition will be open to the public from May 24 to August 26.

The overall winner of the competition will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on May 23 at the Museum of Childhood. Every year, the winning design becomes the official poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used on mugs, bags and T-shirts and other merchandise.

The competition was launched in 1980, and is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland.

The programme for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is launched on Thursday, May 30. Tickets for a number of shows are already on sale at