HUNDREDS of students from across the world have entered an arts competition run by a Hampshire college.

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College's annual School Art Competition has received 279 entries from over 70 different schools, from around the world, this year.

Open to pupils in all secondary school year groups, the competition received entries from across Hampshire’s schools as well as from pupils as far away as France and India.

The competition run by the college in Eastleigh tasks entrants with submitting a photo of their best piece of artwork, in any medium, completed either in school or at home.

It is split into two categories of Years 7 and 8, and Years 9, 10 and 11 and the winner and two runners up in each category have their work showcased in the College’s annual Art Show and receive a monetary prize for their efforts.

In the Years 7 and 8 category, the winner was Year 8 Swanmore College pupil Amelie Brind with year 8 pupils Megan Long and Sarika Ravi, from Wildern School and The Grammar School Leeds respectively, coming in as runners up.

In the Year 9, 10 and 11 category, the winner was Year 10 Brookfield Community School pupil Olivia Ditchburn.

The runners up were Year 9 pupils Maddie Jenkins, who was home-schooled, and Niamh Elizabeth Kelly from Blairgowrie High School.

Barton Peveril’s Director of Art, Lynne Milton, commented on the competition: “We received a wonderfully diverse range of entries this year covering a range of subject matter and media from traditional painting and drawing to digital art. The winners have demonstrated a sophisticated level of skill that belies their age group.”