Lilliesleaf youngster Robyn McInally had her artistic efforts for Chinese new year rewarded, when she took third spot in a major competition.
In fact, the dawn of the Chinese Year of the Horse brought out the best in painting talent in around 100 local primary school pupils from across the Borders for the annual event.
More than 100 youngsters from primary schools around the region took part in the annual event, aimed at helping celebrate Chinese New Year.
First prize went to Isobel Devine from the Broughton Primary’s P7 class, while second spot went to her classmate Ruairidh McGarry-Watson .
Robyn, who’s in Lilliesleaf primary’s P7 class, took third, while a special award was made to Dylan Crozier, from primary one at Howdenburn Primary in Jedburgh.
Steve Kwan, chairman of the Borders Chinese Cultural Association which organises the competition, says the event gets more and more popular each year.
“It was fantastic to see so many pupils entering the competition and from schools right across the Borders region,” he said.
“The judges found it very difficult to make a decision on the winner, such was the high standard. They needed a lot of time to complete their deliberations.”
Mr Kwan said it is heartening to see so many youngsters and their schools help support a cultural event like Chinese New Year.
“Mr Tan, from the new Beijing Beijing restaurant in Galashiels, has the top four posters on display so everyone can see the high standard involved.”